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Is Your Faith Slipping into Maintenance Mode?

There are seasons in life when we fall in love with an awesome God. We want more of him and less of ourselves and this world.

But seasons like this do not always last. When they subside, they can be very hard—impossible, even—to reclaim. You don't plan for that to happen. It just does.

When we see our vitality slip, a switch flips. We stop working hard at the daily discipline of godliness. We're building a young career in a fast-paced city, and that consumes us. We go days without reading God's Word. We're finishing a tough degree program, and without knowing what's happening, we end up buried in our books, barely coming up for air. We're not seeking to avoid the Bible or prayer or church. It just happens. And slowly, quietly, the strength of our faith wanes. We begin compromising morally, watching stuff we shouldn't, doing stuff we shouldn't, talking about unedifying things. We lose our nerve to witness and live a bold life, because deep down we know that we're not about backing up our talk. We may continue to be aggressive about certain things—careers or the pursuit of money or degrees or friends or having fun—but not about what matters most: the Lord. Worshiping our Trinitarian God. Delighting ourselves in him.

And we gradually lose enthusiasm for building godly things. What do I mean? Well, if you're not thriving in your walk with Christ, you're not going to be in a position to help others thrive, are you?

Do you see this? Do you feel it? I think many people do nowadays. We know it'd be better to be building something great. We're well aware that there is lots of gospel work to do, no matter what fields we're in. We understand that ...

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