Have you ever worried that you’re not close enough to God because you haven’t felt as spiritual as you think you should? It’s a place we’ve probably all been at one point or another—when our spirituality “lacks” because we haven’t been reading our Bible as much, or praying as constantly as we should. There are so many things that we, as Christians, should be doing to draw closer to God, but sometimes it’s hard to keep up. We focus on a checklist and chase things that will make us feel spiritual, but do we really need to do that?
While reading our Bibles and praying are incredibly important things we should be doing, the truth is that no matter how spiritual we feel, we are always spiritual. So much of our lives are affected by and dependent on the spiritual aspects of our lives, and it is so ingrained in our beings that we don’t have to have a feeling to go with it—we just are spiritual.
We can choose to recognize the spiritual parts of our world, and choose to utilize our connection to God in every moment of our lives and in every decision we make. It isn’t just the moments that make us feel spiritual—the times we feel closest to God aren’t the only moments we are close to him. They’re not the only moments that define how spiritual we are. And when we accept Christ, the Holy Spirit takes up residence within us, and doesn’t lie dormant until those moments when we’re “feeling” spiritual. Romans 8:11 says, “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” The Holy Spirit is constantly active in our lives, guiding us, comforting us, and praying for us. He dwells in us, and is present in every moment of our lives.
There are people who chase spirituality. They crave a constant feeling of being engulfed in the Holy Spirit, but that isn’t usually how life is. Oftentimes when we strive for that feeling of spirituality, and for that feeling of closeness with God, we fail to recognize that it’s not the feeling that matters. We are spiritual—it is an all-the-time state of being. We are spiritual, and so everything we do is spiritual. There are high points and low points, and most of the time we can just feel neutral—normal. But “normal” doesn’t mean dormant. It doesn’t mean that the Holy Spirit isn’t at work, or that he isn’t doing a great thing in us.
It’s important to remember the closeness of God in our lives, and arm ourselves with the knowledge that the Holy Spirit lives in us and is always at work. From the biggest moments in our lives to the most mundane, there isn’t one that escapes the all-encompassing spirituality of our lives. It isn’t just during worship, or reading your Bible or praying—we are connected with God in every moment and in everything we do.
– Sarah Eberwein
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