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Bored? – Cure for Boredom in the Christian Life

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Did you know that July is National Anti-Boredom Month?  I’m not making it up!  It got me to thinking about how some people think Christianity is boring. Is there a cure for boredom in the Christian life?

Taking a Leap of Faith as a Cure for Boredom in the Christian Life

Abundant Life So Don't Need to Experience Boredom in the Christian Life
Jesus came to give us “life and have it to the full” (Jn. 10:10), exceedingly abundant life. So, why might Christianity seem boring? Perhaps we get bored because we aren’t taking any risks for Jesus.  Let me illustrate:

Somebody doing a bungee jump might dive off of a bridge plummeting toward the river below.  Just before impact, the elastic cord yanks him back.  He/she put total faith in that bungee cord.

As “bungee jumpers for Jesus” we wouldn’t be bored!  We would be willing to leave our comfort zones and step out for Jesus … to take that leap of faith.  We would obey Him in all situations, especially those that are out of our control.  We would trust Him fully.  We would act on what we say we believe.

Think of the “bungee jumpers” in Scripture:  Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, David, etc.  I highly doubt if they were bored.  They went to the edge and took the plunge, being confident that God would hold on to them even though they didn’t see or feel like it.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for.  (Heb. 11:1-2)

Think about these questions:

  • What are some low risk plunges for you as a Christian?
  • What are some higher risk plunges for you as a Christian?

A sure cure for boredom in the Christian life is to take some faith risks, to make a difference.  If we never take risks, we will have little need for faith.  We can start with the lower risk plunges.  As we do, we will find God to be totally reliable.  We will find Him to be all-sufficient.  Then we will be ready to take some higher risk plunges for Him . . . and be bored no more!

What plunges have you taken recently?

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9 Replies to “Bored? – Cure for Boredom in the Christian Life”

  1. So I had a question for you. Is it normal to be bored, when you are a christian? It appears that a year ago ‘life with God’ was really exciting, but is there a reason why it’s as ‘dull as tombs’ this year? Am I doing something wrong? I go to church, read my bible, go to work, part-time, but don’t seem to be able to find anything else to do. everyone else has their own lives and their own families. I go to a church that is actually really boring: there’s lot of older folks and married people, but no one who really wants to take risks spiritually, so hence, I’m bored. Is there something I can do to get out of this rut?

    • Thanks for your honesty, Jessica. First let me say that it is difficult when we are surrounded by people who have no or little zeal for the Lord. However, ultimately we must each personally stand before the Lord. (Rom. 14:10-12)

      I think of the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2. They did all the right stuff but God said, “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.” It sounds like they too were in a rut. His solution to them was to 1) Remember: “Remember the height from which you have fallen.” 2) “Repent.” 3) Retool: “Do the things you did at first.”

      It is important to understand that the word repent actually deals with the mind more than behavior. It is a change in your thinking that enables you to “retool.” A lot of boredom in the Christian life has to do with perspective … how we view the Christian life. Here are perceptions I believe make a difference:

      This part of the reply has been made into a series of posts beginning with: Need to Change Your Thinking about the Christian Life? (Follow the related posts to read all posts in the series.)

      Also, let me encourage you to read through the book of Philippians with the above four points in mind. As you read, keep asking yourself what a difference it makes if you approach the Christian life from a point of duty versus delight, from drudgery vs. joy, from destination vs. journey, and from law vs. grace. Look at the Apostle Paul’s example in this book in these regards.

  2. Hello there,
    I want to thank you for your prompt response. It really meant a lot to me. Everything you said, made sense, and that was really great. Sometimes it’s difficult to find a christian who’s “going ahead,” and “moving ahead,” and “pressing on” for Christ. thank you so much for taking the time to read my comment. I feel a little sheepish, but in a good way. I wish more people were encouraging each other in the Lord. I find few people to be that way. I have stepped out a couple of times in faith, but I always seem to come back here, to where I’m living. Perhaps this is where I’m supposed to be for the time being? I would really appreciate prayer. Thank you so much again for writing back. God Bless, Jessica

    • You are most welcome, Jessica. Remember that God looks at your heart. I encourage you to take your time to digest what I wrote, letting each point sink deep within. And perhaps with King David you can pray, “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Ps. 61:2). — I’ll also ask our prayer support team to be praying for you in your walk with God.

  3. Jessica, thanks for your honesty, it was pretty identical to my own life experience right now. And thank you who wrote this.

    • You are welcome, Janelle. Very rarely are we the only ones with these sorts of experiences. As I referenced in the reply to Jessica, even believers in the early church had struggles. God speaks to seven churches in Revelation 2-3 with both commendations and warnings. At the end of His words to each church He says, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” God uses what He is teaching others in our lives as well if we will just listen.

    • Hi Sara! For most people bungee jumping will come with at least a little fear, just as a literal bungee jump. Two of the biggest helps for me have been the following:

      1) God’s Presence – His presence provides the courage we need as we grasp that it means we have an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-wise, all-holy God with us. (See Joshua 1:9 and Matthew 28:18-20.)

      2) God’s Love – His love casts out fear as we understand that He only has our good at heart so we can trust Him. (See 1 John 4:18)

      When we step out in faith, taking that bungee jump, we must not rely on ourselves but rather the Almighty God who will be with us and loves us more than we can ever imagine.

      To get to the point where we know and rely on His love and depend on His presence in our lives, we must learn more about Him in His Word but also replace the lies we tend to believe that hold us back with truth. — “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:4-5)

  4. Guys the real fun life is having Christ in our life. Trust me, just try it once, let him into your heart and i guarantee He will manifest Himself in your life.