Thursday, December 28, 2023
Oh Yes, it All Matters!
Oh Yes, it All Matters!
by David Brenneman
"The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil." Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.
How often do you really really stop to consider that every single breath, every single nanosecond of your life is so important to Jesus that He is intimately aware of all of you?
He knows all your thoughts, your intentions. He knows what inspires you. What you spend your passion on and why.
He knows what was going through your mind for each heartbeat that He granted to you. Ever think about that? Every single heartbeat you have ever had has been a gift from God! Oh how the human race has taken that for granted.
Have you ever considered what you could have been doing had you really embraced faith as you could have?
Have you ever thought of just asking Jesus questions in prayer rather than asking for things? I actually was inspired to this by an interview that I saw with Mark Lowry about the writing of "Mary Did You Know?". He had many more questions but couldn't get them to rhyme for the lyrics.
The Bible says that if anyone lacks wisdom they are to ask of God who gives it freely to all.
Your every thought, your every intention is laid bare before Him with whom we have to do. That's what the Bible says. He searches your heart and mine. All the time.
Are you making the most of every single opportunity that you are given each day?
Our need to forgive others, forgive ourselves, is with us all the time. We do ourselves much harm by insisting on not forgiving others. Forgiving isn't the same as forgetting. Forgiving is to not impute guilt upon someone for their actions. Forgetting has to do with the record of the offense. We are to forgive one another as Christ Jesus has forgiven us. No exceptions. It's part of what is looked for when Jesus searches our hearts and minds. Ever thought about that?
Our Savior forgave us of all iniquities, all sins, that we have ever done, are doing, or will do. By no means should we do anything less for one another. As we just saw...we forgive because Christ first forgave us. If we do not forgive one another neither will He forgive us.
"For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions." Matthew 6:14-15.
The Spirit with all who are saved knows every iota of what's going on with everyone at all times. He knows what you are thinking and doing that you've convinced yourself isn't sinning when God's Word says it is. He knows where and when. He knows all the lies we tell ourselves...waiting for us to realize it and return to Jesus willingly.
He knows every single grudge we hold against others...all the small and great ones. He knows just how deep the roots of bitterness are in everyone. Some deeper than others.
Everything we do matters to Our Holy God.
Every thought matters to Our Holy God.
Everything. If it didn't, then why do we read that some day soon we will indeed give an account for it all? If you believe that Jesus did all He did to save you, then you should believe all the rest that He said about your life now and what's to come when we see Him face-to-face.
A litany of excuses will be likely heard on that day that all Believers stand before Jesus. No doubt I will have many of my own. But, my Dear Reader, in this here this now, we can work to minimize these. We can actively set our hearts and minds towards obedience. Towards intentionality of heart and mind to live as He intended for us.
We do not know all that He has prepared for those who are called according to His purpose in Christ Jesus. We just sell ourselves short by jumping at shortcuts. We sell ourselves short by quitting when He was just getting us going down the path that would have brought Him much glory.
When you consider this thing of resolutions for the new year...eliminate all of the foolishness of them and focus on only one...your willing obedience to God's will for you in as many areas of your life as He’s wanting in and for you. You cannot possibly fail at life when you're seeking for your life what God's wanting for it.
All of you matters to our Holy God.
All of you was on His mind when He was on the cross. You are one of the countless reasons why He stayed on the cross. Don't we owe it to Him to live for Him in all that we do?
Let that thought embrace you today.
All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.