June 16, 2017
A brother shared about this conversation with his son in one of the meetings, showing us what we need on the road to spiritual pursuit:
Dad: Son, can you tell me about the book you just read?
Son: …… (no response, because he didn’t want to give a summary)
Dad: How come you don’t want to?
Son: Because I already understood the story I just finished reading.
Dad: But I just wanted you to tell me a little bit about it.
This short conversation seems quite ordinary, but after some consideration, we can see it shows a blind spot in our spiritual pursuit. The dad here obviously wanted his young son to improve in his reading comprehension and his oral skills, and that’s why he asked him to give him a short summary. But the son didn’t understand the good intentions behind his dad’s request. He thought, if I already understood the story, why do I need to give you a summary? In our life with the Lord and our spiritual pursuit, we very easily fall into similar problems, causing us not to be able to move forward in some spiritual practices. Even worse, it could cause us to fall back or give up. For example, some may ask, I’ve read the Bible for so many years, why should I read it out loud? If I already do the Sweet Daily Living prayers, why should I set up anchor points?
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” (Phil. 3:12)
For certain things, we need to press on and give some extra effort in order to attain it. When we try something new, we have to give a little extra effort and time to learn, adjust and understand. After practicing for some time, we might lose the interest to continue, or we might drop it. Here is the real test—if you want to improve, you need to stably continue doing it, understand the essence of it more deeply, and think of ways to help yourself practice it in your daily life. In the road to spiritual pursuit, there’s no “once and for all”; instead, time will fade your passion and motivation. Only when you pursue diligently will you see a breakthrough and real change.
June 16, 2017