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Why do we refuse to stay home?

Recently everything as we knew it changed. We were told to distance ourselves from each other at least 6 feet. We were told to wash our hands while singing a song. We were told to try to stay at home unless we needed supplies. When people did not listen to the suggestion to stay home, we eventually were ordered to stay at home.

I’m an introvert. Though I am rather talkative, I prefer to be alone. I love being at home. As I looked around, I couldn’t understand why so many people had issues with listening to the government recommendations to simply stay home for a few weeks. I started to ask the question – what is wrong with staying home? I took the question a step further – what is wrong with being alone?

Now yes, we are created for community. From the very beginning, God made us to be interwoven and in need of each other for relationship. Yet the desire to always be with someone or even to always be busy is a problem. Is it that you cannot stand to be alone with yourself? Or maybe the real issue is being alone with God?

The Bible speaks often about the need to rest. Our bodies were designed to need rest—it’s a very important part of our quality of life. As well, we were also designed to be in communion with God. Jesus often went alone to pray to the Father. We also read about our need to be connected to the vine. Imagine how often we can pray when we are inside away from the hustle and bustle of the world. Imagine the time we could have to connect with God’s Word too!

For many people, being at home means more time with loved ones, more time with pets, more time to learn new things, more time to read a good book, more time to finish an item off the good old to-do list, etc. Why do we look at the awesome blessing we have before us, to slow down, to reconnect, to accomplish, to laugh, to rest—why do we look at this and still find the need to escape from the walls of our homes? How can we always say we wish we had more time, and when we receive this gift of time, we start climbing the walls like it’s a punishment?

When this virus first made its way to America, I declared it would be tragic in numbers. I foresaw that we would be at the top of the list of infected people. We are taught that we can do anything, achieve anything, be anything; individualism is spoken to us from birth. We spend so much time trying to be the best me, myself, and I, trying to fill our lives with things, trying to make a name for ourselves, and we miss the plot. We make life all about ourselves. 

I have been amused at many memes in the past few weeks that joke about our current life situation. It’s good to laugh and we all certainly need a good laugh right about now. Yet as I sit here alone in my house that I so love to stay inside without an order from the government, and I hear my dog snoring and the faint sound of laughter coming from my daughter’s room upstairs, I cannot help but ask the questions again – what is wrong with staying home? What is wrong with being alone? What is wrong with resting, connecting with God, and connecting with family? Why do we struggle to enjoy the simplest and most precious of gifts in life?

“Let this hope burst forth within you, releasing a continual joy. Don’t give up in a time of trouble, but commune with God at all times” – Romans 12:12 [TPT]

A Living Sacrifice Outline

10-22-17 Down the Road: A Living Sacrifice

 

God loves you! – NOTHING CAN SEPARATE YOU FROM HIS LOVE (Romans 8:31-39)

Believe in Jesus & be Saved (Romans 10:9-13)

 

Romans 12:1– And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. [NLT] WE ARE ALL MADE TO WORSHIP – ARE YOU A LIVING SACRIFICE?

 

Align Sight

Hebrews 12:1-2– Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. LOOK AT JESUS, NOT AT YOUR SITUATION OR PROBLEM

Put on your God glasses – look at people like God sees – made in His image

 

Align Thinking

Romans 12:2– Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. [ESV]

Romans 12:3Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves.

Matthew 16:23– But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” [ESV]

Philippians 4:8– Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. [NLT]

 

 

Colossians 3:17– And whatever you do, whether in WORD or DEED, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. [NIV]

 

Align Speech

Romans 12:12- Rejoicein hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. [ESV]

1 Peter 4:11– If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.

 

Align Deeds

Romans 12:9 – Don’t pretend to love people. Love with genuine affection. Honor each other(bestow value upon a person). Hate evil. Hold on to what is good.

Romans 13:14 – But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. [NASB]

Colossians 3:12-14Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. [ESV]

Romans 12:11Don’t be lazy in showing your devotion. Use your energy to serve the Lord. [GW]

Romans 12:13Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. [NIV]

Romans 12:16 –Live in harmony with each other.Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! [NLT]

Romans 12:17 –Never pay back evil with more evil.

 

STAY ON THE ROAD – ENDURE TO THE END – KEEP THE FAITH

Hebrews 11:39-40– These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something betterfor us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. [NIV]

Hebrews 10:36You need enduranceso that after you have done what God wants you to do, you can receive what he has promised. [GW]YOU WON’T ALWAYS SEE THE FRUIT RIGHT NOW!

2 Timothy 4:7– I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. [NLT]