How to Live Faithfully with Our Hearts Turned Heavenward
Do you ever feel as if there is more to life than meets the eye? More than the routines we create and the material possessions we accumulate? This feeling is hard to put into words, but the Bible explores why we sense this hunger for more.
Our existence is composed of two parts: physical and spiritual. We tend to focus more on the physical because the tangible is here and now. It is immediate, painful, and pleasurable. We worry about what we will eat, where we will live, or how we will make money. We seek experiences that feel good and avoid ones that don’t. We look around and react to our surroundings. This isn’t bad. We are, after all, physical beings.
But when we ignore our spiritual reality, we can feel an inner longing. Life can become hollow or feel pointless. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can appreciate and care for the physical world around us while also seeking spiritual fulfillment.
We can live faithfully.
Living faithfully involves using the kingdom of God as our lens to view the world—bringing the spiritual and eternal to bear upon the here and now. As we interact with the physical realities of this life, we bring an eternal perspective and purpose. Faithful living is not alienating ourselves from the world and creating perfect Christian bubbles. On the contrary, Jesus calls us to be in the trenches with other human beings, doing our best to create a beautiful world until He returns to make it complete. Scripture encourages us to strive to make our communities a better place while shining the light and love of Jesus.
Faithful living doesn’t happen by accident.
Think about it: You don’t get in shape by thinking about the gym. And you don’t learn an instrument just by listening to music. Both take practice and intentionality. Likewise, to live faithfully, you need a plan. Faithful living probably won’t come naturally, but you can begin the journey with the Holy Spirit’s help. You don’t have to change the world, but you can serve your community and rely on God to lead you. You don’t have to be perfect, but you can worship, pray, and believe. You can endure suffering in a way that glorifies God and overcome challenges and opposition.
The first step in a faithful living plan is to open the Bible! The Bible is full of examples of imperfect people who lived with a heart turned toward heaven. They show us how to live an earthly life with a heavenly mindset. Scripture guides us on how to function in this world so that we experience spiritual fulfillment. In Sojourn, Part One of our Faithful Living series, we discover why this world is not our home and what it means to live as an exile. We will look to the example of Nehemiah and how he relied on God to help him through every step of his faithful living journey.
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If you feel that life has a deeper purpose but you’re not sure what that looks like, you are not alone. If you feel like a fish out of water in the culture around you but want to understand how to live faithfully in our world, you are in the right place. In this series, we discover the foundational building blocks for the lifelong adventure of faithful living.
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