Monday, November 18, 2019
Your Life's Work
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9
for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. Colossians 3:23-24
Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
I was reading through my Bible Plan and my devotionals this morning and nothing specifically stood out. Then, one by one, the verses above began coming to mind.
Our lives are not our own. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body."
We can hardly find a channel on television or watch a movie where people aren't living for themselves. Advertising is geared towards a person's vanity. Vague insults to your intelligence if you haven't kept up with the latest fashions or gadgets.
As if that wasn't enough, you are maligned if your views don't meet with supposedly established social standards.
The goal and aim is to get you to compromise.
Do you give hours to everything and everyone else in your life but spend mere minutes with God?
Have you even read through the Bible once?
Is your prayer time only about the food you are about to eat? Do you share your heart with God at all? Are you interested in what's on God's mind?
Or do you know far more about useless things than you do about the Word of God?
Can you give a play by play of a sport but cannot concerning a story from the Bible?
You know all the rules of a game but not what God has commanded you?
Read those verses again. I have fought with myself over such things. I, unfortunately, could indeed quote movies and books and television shows but couldn't quote you one whole story from the Bible.
If we are to take up our cross Daily and follow Him, it has to mean letting go of what we are clinging to in order to hold that cross.
Satan wants us immersed in the world and not in the Spirit. As a song goes that I grew up hearing, life is a highway with all kinds of exits to take you off the path of life. Every kind of distraction. Every kind of addiction.
Now, I would agree this does seem to tie in with what Blackaby was saying for today in that there has to be a balance between sitting at Jesus feet and serving. Paul mentions working with his own hands to provide his needs so as to not be a burden on others. Work is a necessity. In Genesis it is part of the curse. Man will work by the sweat of his brow to get the Earth to yield its fruit.
So where are you spending your time? Do you spend hours and hours watching useless things or are you looking to see if God has something to tell you? If we believe that the Bible IS living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword then why are we avoiding it? The answer is simple. It will show who is on the Throne of our hearts. Jesus said you cannot serve two Masters. You cannot have two on the Throne of your heart. It's either you or God.
So think about who is there.
Who is on the Throne of your heart?
I can't tell you. You have to decide. As for me, I struggle daily, and keep having to relinquish it back to Jesus. But the longer He is on that Throne, the better my life is.