At the beginning of 2014 I joined a movement called One Word. The idea behind the One Word movement is to choose one word to focus on for the year instead of setting a number of resolutions that you don’t keep. The word that I chose at the beginning of 2014 is the word “saturated.”
I chose the word “saturated” after reading Lysa Terkeurst’s book Made to Crave. I wanted to learn to live saturated in God’s Word, and I did. I learned a lot in the past year about being saturated (both in the Lord and in the things of the world), but there are 3 BIG lessons that I learned and I want to share them with you.
- It starts with being intentional and being present.
Living a life that is saturated in Christ, His Word, and the Holy Spirit is not an easy thing to do. It takes being intentional and being present. You have to be willing to listen to the Spirit and that means learning how the Spirit speaks. In order to learn how the Spirit speaks, you have to be studying the Bible and not merely reading it. And that takes being intentional. You can’t just expect to have the time to study your Bible and spend time in communion with the Lord because you are never going to have the time. There is always going to be something that will fill up that time if you aren’t deliberately setting aside time each day to spend with the Lord.
It also takes being present. To be present means that your mind is on the task before you. Whether you are spending time with the Lord, your family, at work, or grocery shopping, keeping your mind is on the task before you is important because if your mind isn’t on the task before you then it is easy to miss out on the Lord’s leading.
- I can’t do it on my own.
It doesn’t matter how intentional I am or how present I am. I cannot live a life saturated in Christ under my own strength and my own power. It is impossible. There are too many distractions and other things to become saturated in.
Luckily for us we have a God who can do the impossible so we don’t have to live a life that is saturated in Him on our own. He is there to give us the strength to face the obstacles that are going to come. He sent the Holy Spirit to guide us and to empower us and it is only through Him that we are able to live saturated.
- It takes grace.
If you want to live a life that is saturated in Christ, it takes grace and not just the grace that is given to us by the Lord, but also grace that we give to ourselves. We are not perfect. We are never going to be perfect while living our lives here on earth, but we don’t have to be. God doesn’t call us to be perfect, but He does call us to grow and mature in Him. We are going to mess up and make mistakes. Even our best days are days that something is going to go wrong. We fall down, but all we have to do is reach up and God will set us back on our feet. That is grace.
Living a life saturated in the Holy Spirit isn’t easy, and it isn’t for the faint-hearted. It is difficult and requires being intentional, being present, and most of all, it requires grace. But the rewards of living a life that is saturated in the Lord are greater than all of the difficulties and obstacles that you will face when attempting to live that way.