The phrase “in God for the world” reflects Christian mindfulness, walking with God step by step in the moment. It is not the way I used to be, which was “in the world for God.” I depended way too much on my own strength and knowledge, hurrying back to God when things went wrong.
Abiding in God is the answer to Christian exhaustion and fear of failure. To do it is a matter of grace and a decision to notice when you have moved your mind away. We ask God to bring us back into His presence on a continual basis. Here’s an exercise that helps:
- Stop and take a couple of deep breaths.
- Pray “Come, Lord Jesus” or “Come, Holy Spirit. Ask God to help you return to His presence.
- Listen to the sounds around you, identifying them. Pray a prayer of gratitude for what you hear.
- Open your eyes to notice the colors, shapes and movement around you. Thank God for your sight and for what you see.
- Ask the Lord to walk alongside you in the next thing you do.
Other Christian mindfulness practices to help you abide in Jesus are here.