What if the key to the Christian life isn’t about trying harder?

What if reading more, praying more, fasting more, singing more, and striving more… just produces more reading, praying, fasting, singing and striving?

Does effort beget Spirit? Isn’t that the message of the gospel, that no amount of trying can produce salvation? Then why do we think any amount of trying can produce growth or progress or anything else of eternal value?

Why do we live as though our faith is the means by which we seek God, connect with him, and unlock his blessing, when the entire New Testament is about God seeking us, trying to connect with us because he’s eager to pour out his blessing?

What if the issue isn’t God speaking, but us listening?

What if God is communicating continually—through a sunset, a Bible verse, a billboard, a breeze? What if his love flows through that hug our friend offered, through that perfect parking spot, through the joke on the radio that made us laugh?

What if God pours himself into our pain, so that even there, we can find his embrace and comfort?

What if we’ve successfully turned the Christian life right-side up, when it should be left upside-down?

What if the key to the Christian life is… simply…

“Wake up, O sleeper; rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14).