Let’s face it, we all have those “off days”. Days where things don’t go right from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. Where people aren’t as nice to you as they were the day before and you end up not being as gracious to them as you should (causing regret). You have 1000 things to get done and only a few hours to complete it. Focusing on God throughout the day is difficult, and you just wish it could be like yesterday. I have those days, you have those days, and there’s something we need to do to put an end to it.
In his book, “Humility: True Greatness”, C.J. Mahaney lays out a few simple steps on how to practically take your eyes off of yourself and onto Christ throughout the day. But before I lay out what you need to do, you first need to ask yourself what have you/haven’t you been doing lately. Keep in mind that your works aren’t what fuel your faith, but your faith is what fuels your works.
1. Has the focus been on you and not on the grace of God?
Romans 12:3 (NKJV) For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
2. Have you been zealous for God and not acted on it?
Romans 12:11 (ESV) Do not be slothful [meaning: lazy] in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
3. Has prayer and Scripture been your thirst and your drive?
Psalm 42:1 (ESV)
As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
Romans 12:12 (ESV) Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
4. Have you been resting in God or yourself at the end of the day?
Psalm 4:8 (ESV)
In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
If you’ve found the diagnosis, I have good news: there’s a cure!
(These following three points can be found in C.J.’s book, mentioned above).
You may be grumpy, and tired, and thirsty for spiritual water. But the problem is that self-pity has snuck in.
You’re so concerned about your thirst, your well-being, and your life that you shifted the focus onto your well being instead of God’s provision. Look up from the ground and see the Lord, for your needs are nothing compared to Him.
Psalm 107:9 (ESV)
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
The cure: (1) Wake up seeking and presenting yourself to God as a sinner in need of grace, and your dependence on Him.
(2) Think on Scripture throughout the day and feast on it. Sometimes one passage in the morning is enough fuel for the day, but some days you need more time to reflect and apply the power of Scripture.
(3) At the end of the day look for, and thank God for, His grace in your life.
And a special 4th point to apply on Sundays
(4) Look for signs of God’s grace in others and in your Church, and seek to look for grace in others lives during the next week.