Proverbs 26 8-26-19

I pray this post is not about you. Have you built your life around your own pleasures and schedule? Now I’m meddling!

(16) A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.

We can be busy people and still be sluggards concerning our spiritual life. If we spend all our time and energy pleasing ourselves, working toward building up our wealth, and spending major amounts of time and money on leisure and “stuff,” then we will be found wanting in our spiritual life. Our relationship with the LORD must be first if we are to follow Christ, which means that Bible study, prayer, and church must move up the ladder in importance. Folks, it’s getting darker and darker out there. WE NEED EACH OTHER!

Bryan used a verse in his sermon yesterday that had somehow escaped my attention. It is:

(9) So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 2 Corinthians 5:9

The passage is about living and dying, being in the body or out of the body, and being with Christ either way. I had always focused on the main idea and missed this little message. The word, “goal,” can be interpreted as, “aim,” and, “focus.” It is at what our attention is directed.

Let’s take the first part of this verse and expand it. Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:10 to “find out what pleases the LORD.” There is active participation here. We don’t just automatically know; we must search and discover. Granted, He guides us as we go. He reveals to us what He likes and dislikes, the things that draw us close to Him and those things that drag us away. God hates sin because it destroys His people and keeps them from fellowshipping with Him.

Let’s try an experiment: If the stock market were to crash as it did in 1929, what could you live without? Could you live a year on what you have saved and is accessible? A month? A week? Would you be able to share with others or would you need help yourself?

Let’s try another experiment: If our country were to become insolvent and we were taken over by another country financially and that country raised our taxes 25%, what would go first at your house? Could it be that we have filled our lives with the things of this world? Are we using the Pie Illustration instead of the Target Illustration in our lives?

Pie Illustration– Our lives are slices of pie and our spiritual life is just one slice. Everything else has equal value or more.

Target Illustration– Our spiritual life (our relationship with Jesus) is the target. Everything else in our lives moves out in concentric circles in importance.

Let’s not wait to get to know God and to serve Him. Let’s begin NOW making Him the first priority in our life. Daily Bible study and prayer are essential to a growing, flourishing faith. Church is where we meet to discuss our faith, to worship corporately, and to hold each other accountable as well as build each other up and support each other.

(24) And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, (25) not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

Abba, You know I don’t have a daily time with You BECAUSE I am a minister; my ministry came out of my daily time with YOU. I know that I can be disqualified from ministry if I ever quit seeking You first everyday. I am not afraid; I just don’t want to lose my bond with You or Your wisdom and insight that You share with me through Your Word. I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ that they would have this bond, too. The only way I know to get it is through Bible study and prayer. May they put You first in their lives. Oh, what wonders You could do if Your people were to take You seriously! May I always take You seriously, LORD. I love You. Amen.

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