But It’s So Easy for Him…
Part of our fallen human nature goads us into envying what others have.
We wish we had his athletic ability. We wish we had her organizational skills. We want that one’s speaking/motivational prowess. We want that one’s writing talents.
I’ve been in a lot of places where I’ve been privileged to lead worship and almost every place someone has come up to me to ask if I will pray for them so they will be able to play and sing like me.
I pray for them, but I also ask them questions they don’t like. Questions like, “how much do you practice? Do you play your scales? Have you ever taken singing lessons?”
As far as music goes, I have spent of lot of time playing/practicing, worshipping, participating in classes, going to college, and practically leading groups of musicians and congregations into worship for over a decade. Within a few seconds of my explaining what it takes to be a better musician/worship leader, most people are headed for the door because they are shocked at how unspiritual I am to suggest that it might actually cost them something to gain a skill. Jesus paid it all, right?
He did pay it all that we might have entrance into the Presence, but He leaves it up to us to develop the skills, hunger, and godly passions He placed in us.
When someone pays the price to be skilled, it looks easy, and relationship with God is no different. You may have even been envious of someone’s closeness to God at times. It looks so easy for him or her. You want that ‘anointing’ or you want them to pray for you.
The truth is that not everyone can be a basketball star or famous musician (no matter how much they practice), but every single person was made with the capacity to grow in relationship with our God.
A.W. Tozer explains it this way,
Receptivity is not a single thing; it is a compound rather, a blending of several elements within the soul. It is an affinity for, a bent toward, a sympathetic response to, a desire to have. From this it may be gathered that it can be present in degrees, that we may have little or more or less, depending upon the individual. It may be increased by exercise or destroyed by neglect.
Our receptivity to His heart, His voice, His love, His passion, His presence–it may not be at a level 10, but you can grow from your level 2 by exercising that intimacy.
The converse reality is sadly true as well. If we neglect it, no matter how much we have gained, our relationship will atrophy and diminish.
You may genuinely have a harder time than others for a variety of reasons (like past relational problems, emotional hurts, etc.), but you don’t have to wish for a greater closeness to God. He is drawing you and enabling you by His grace for a beautiful experience of His love and blessing.
Each one of us needs to drop the excuse that it’s “so easy for him.” We can stop being envious of others’ intimacy, and we can press in for ourselves. The veil has been torn. What are you waiting for?
Have you struggled with envy in this area? Or have you ever made an excuse about how hard it is to know God? What are your thoughts on this?
Welcome to week 10 of our book club discussion of the Pursuit of God (disclosure) by A.W. Tozer. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it, and to fully digest this book, we’re spending two weeks on each chapter. If you have a response on your blog, add it in the link widget below and be sure to check out the other entries. Also head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for another great take. Whether you’ve read the selection or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.