“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” ~ Ephesians 6:12 NIV
The other day, I was skyping my father about my current work situation and my future. I have recently been struggling about what I should do next like getting my Master’s or getting another job. I told my father that I have been talking a lot with God and verbally telling Him my problems with no response or direction. My father then told me that I had to be more aggressive in my spiritual life. I’m not a little girl anymore and reading the Bible and praying is not enough. I need to do more.
Aggressively pursuing the Lord is like working overtime. We do the typical stuff like reading the Word, praying, going to church, basically what we think is required of us. But when we are aggressive, we do it fervently, more frequently, and more thoroughly. We memorize and proclaim the Word. We pray more than once in a day. Several times! We seek the Lord in a way that causes us to make sacrifices instead of fitting God in our schedule.
I get fired up after having conversations about this or after a really good sermon. But when it comes down to it, the week ends up flying by with nothing accomplished. Unfortunately, this is part of our struggle. There is more than just a physical ailment that can bring us down. The verse above in Ephesians says that our struggles is “against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (NIV). Little prayers and godly daydreams won’t always help to grow in our relationship with the Lord. We must take advantage of the weapons the Lord has provided us with. Just think: even speaking the Lord’s name makes the demons shutter! (James 2:19) What more could we accomplish if we aggressively pursued the Lord?
When I speak of aggression, I don’t say that we must approach the Lord with anger. How we approach the Lord has to consistently change. As we are growing spiritually mature, we need to contribute more and spend more time with the Lord. Worldly things should not be a part of our lives as much as it used to. It is easy to go through a Netflix marathon but not so much spending hours in prayer. We are no longer children and so our contributions should not be as that of a child but as a mature adult. Philippians 13:11 says, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me” (NIV). So as Christians, sometimes doing things childishly will not get the results we want. If we want answers from the Lord, to have a stronger relationship, we must aggressively pursue it.