Because of my busy schedule, I was not able to run in almost a week. Today as I was struggling with my workout, I thought about how unnatural it is to run—yes, we run when we are frightened or when we are chasing someone, but it’s really unnatural to run as an exercise (at least it feels that way to me).
Then I thought about how unnatural it is for us to come to God on our own. Jesus said the following:“You did not choose me, but I chose you…” (John 15:16), “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:15). Ephesians 5:8 says, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord” (NIV).
I used to wonder how people can hear about Jesus yet not follow Him— they can open up a Bible and not understand the meaning of the words; but when I thought about it, I was just like that. When I was a child I knew that God existed, but I didn’t really know much about Him. Even when I was in parochial school, I never had a clear picture of what God did for me through Jesus Christ— the Bible never even made sense to me. When I became a teenager, the Bible or church was not something that I even thought about— I only cared about having fun.
God didn’t want me to continue going down an empty road so He intervened in my life. I am grateful for the new life that I was given, but every day I struggle to maintain my relationship with Him. The apostle Paul explains in Galatians 5: 17, “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want” (NIV).
I still want to have fun and sometimes it is not fun to read the Bible, especially when I have to read through Chronicles; but then I remember that it is unnatural for us to seek the things of God so even though it may be a struggle, I read my Bible. Running as a means of exercise may seem unnatural just like reading our Bible or praying can be “unnatural,” but they are so beneficial for us. Are you struggling to do the “unnatural”?