What are some hobbies you enjoy?
By Gina Conklin
Have you been involved in them for many years? Or is it a new hobby you picked up this year?
For me —my new hobby, is reading. I would have never described myself as a bookworm before, but for Christmas this year I received a few books. These inspirational and encouraging books really stole my attention and I’ve been hooked on reading ever since.
Accompanied with reading the ultimate book — the Bible — these particular books are sprinkled with scriptures throughout each chapter and I have been led to share what God has been speaking to me through his Word and Truth.
We’ve all been there. Feeling less than. Feeling far from God. Feeling like we need purpose. But God does not want us to remain there. Not in this new year, not ever. “You can stop fighting so hard. You already have a seat at the table. You are already there. Everything you want for yourself is already true about you in Christ. Now start living like a seated person. (Heather Holleman in her book Seated with Christ).”
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.”
Wow, we have the best seat at the table. Yours is not any better than mine. His seat is not earned differently than hers. We are all children of God. And God welcomes everyone to the table just by accepting His Son, Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
In our seats we don’t need to compare and we don’t need to complain. God revealed this phrase to me even before I read about being seated in Christ and I have adopted it as my “tagline” for the year. Don’t compare. Don’t complain. Isn’t it amazing when God speaks to us one message, something He really wants us to grasp and learn, in different ways all around the same time?
In this new year you can focus on YOUR seat at the table. You no longer have to fight for a seat at the esteemed table, the beautiful/fit table, the perfection table or the affluence table. Maybe the person sitting next you is seated in one of the tables you wish that you were – but listen here, God has His seat for you at His table. The perfect seat. And not one seat is better than the other at the table. So whatever hobby you enjoy this year…stop comparing yourself to others and their lives and enjoy your seat in the heavenly realms next to our Father in heaven. Now start living like a seated person!