How To Get Out Of A Spiritual Rut
As we walk towards eternity with the Lord, it is almost inevitable that we will experience periods of desolation. The season in which you experience a spiritual rut can be frustrating, however, these may be symptoms that your relationship with Jesus has become dull, dry and distant. To cultivate spiritual intimacy and to treat the symptoms of a spiritual rut, we need vulnerability and availability in our relationship with God.
Experiencing interior darkness can cause us to feel separated from God. Sin might be the reason why we experience spells of dryness, as our sin is like weeds that prevent us from spiritually growing and producing fruit. However, unlike Adam and Eve, we do not have to hide our sin and shame. We can trust God enough to confess our sins and share in vulnerability with Him.
“Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” — Hebrews 4:16
The truth is we will never have to wear a mask in front of God. We can approach God unmasked, full of dirt and full of transparency. Grace always proceeds repentance.
When we take off the mask, we make our true and innermost self known to God. We rob ourselves of authentic relationships when we believe the lie, that the more someone knows about us, the more we give them the power to hurt us. God heals us when we are completely transparent with Him.
“As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. So, Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor.” — John 13:27-29
None of the disciples truly knew Judas, none of them knew his heart or the darkness he struggled with. The reality is Judas was content with keeping his true self hidden, that even as a disciple of Christ, his relationship with Jesus lacked vulnerability.
When we conceal the depths of our hearts from God, we remain stuck in a spiritual rut and we mask ourselves like Judas. Yet, if we desire to get out of the rut, we need to move from simple discipleship to authentic relationship with the Lord.
When we are stuck in a spiritual rut, we might find ourselves easily complacent or distracted. Lack of availability may be the limiting factor in your relationship with Jesus and it may seem like God is not revealing Himself to you. However, if we truly desire a revelation or a word from God, we must be prepared to sit with the Word of God.
“Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”” — Luke 10:38-42
Mary understood the need for adoration, to simply sit at the feet of the Lord and experience the peace of God without any distractions. Yet, although Martha did a beautiful thing by inviting the Lord into her home, she made serving Jesus a priority, instead of allowing Jesus to serve her first. Martha thought she was doing the will of God, but she was restless and overburdened, whereas Mary found peace, the fruit of her adoration, in the presence of the Lord.
When we identify the distractions that keep us from a healthy relationship with God, we diagnose what keeps us in a spiritual rut. In our walk towards eternity, vulnerability enables us to reveal ourselves to God and availability enables God to reveal Himself to us - both are key to an intimate relationship with Jesus...