So it’s the last entry for the Elul challenge and today’s word is Return. There’s a Hebrew word called Teshuvah. Tesh-u-vah is repentance and literally means to return; meaning if you’re going in the direction of sin, you immediately turn and go the opposite way; as if you suddenly got some type of revelation that would cause you to stop in your tracks. However, there are requirements. The concept only works when the requirements are met of remorse and confession of the sin. We’ve all been there so it’s no need to fake. We’ve attempted to stop sinning but our hearts wasn’t in it which caused us to go back to the sin. We thought about how we shouldn’t be doing it but we still wanted to do that very thing. So we say, “I’m sorry” just to say it, almost like saying it skims the sin off the top so we have a little more capacity to do what we want. When we are in sin and we have remorse to engagement and we confess it, we take power from the exposure of it and there’s no more condemnation or guilt making it easier to return to God.
I’m sure you’re wondering why would we be going toward sin and then turning to grace? How do we know it’s not the opposite?
But you walked away from your first love—why? What’s going on with you, anyway? Do you have any idea how far you’ve fallen? A Lucifer fall! “Turn back! Recover your dear early love. No time to waste, for I’m well on my way to removing your light from the golden circle.- Revelation 2:4-5 (MSG)
Recently the LCA (Personal Development group which I’m apart of) began reading The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson and this book has challenged me in ways that I’ve previously been afraid. Obviously from the title you can gather that it’s about going the extra mile but more than that, it’s about the mundane and the mynute. It’s about how easy it is to overlook the small things in our lives to deal with the largeness of it and then wonder why we haven’t had success. What I’ve learned from Mr. Olsen is that the meaning of everything is in the origins. It’s in returning to our origins which are usually small beginnings.
Who has hated the day of small things? Men will be glad when they see Zerubbabel building the walls of the Lord’s house. These seven are the eyes of the Lord which travel over all the earth.”- Zechariah 4:10
Take life itself, life begins at the cellular level, maybe even smaller, and a lot of the small things create a person. In situations, especially relationships, when there’s turmoil it usually doesn’t fail because of large disagreements. Nope, it’s usually a lot of little issues built up over time. When you really think about it, you can go across the board and see how the little, seemingly insignificant play major roles in the larger aspects. Even when I apply this theory to God himself. The people expected Jesus to appear as a full grown warrior, not a baby.
The significance for me are the little things in my life that have been highlighted. There’s things that I should be doing and they are seemingly insignificant but I’m now aware I’m hurting myself in the long run because they eventually turn into very large overwhelming issues.
Are there small things in your life that you need to work on? Have you been guilty of procrastination? If you don’t know where to start or how to get back on track, please think about returning those requests to the Lord. A lot of times, we haven’t seen the progress when we’ve “given” things to God and got frustrated, took them back and realized that we can’t make it work. We must realize, our small efforts with God turn into huge returns.
I hope you guys got something out of this series and if you have any ideas, please let me know.
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