We are not Christians by default; if we don’t seek His face and read His Word routinely, we will eventually wander.
18 Where there is no revelation (from Him), people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction (from His Word).
Christianity is proactive. We must keep moving onward, keep advancing upward, and keep striving to know Him. Jesus gave three illustrations about our intentions in Matthew 6:
#1: 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Treasures do not come to us by their own volition. We must search them out. The man who found the treasure in the field went and sold all he had in order to obtain the field (Matthew 13:44). We must be intentional about storing up the right things in our hearts.
#2: 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
What we see and watch makes all the difference in what we think about. If we fill it with darkness, such as TV shows full of violence, sex, and filthy language, then we can expect those things to be what we think about. If the music we listen to is about worldly romance and drinking and carousing, then we can expect to think the same way.
#3 24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon [greedy pursuit of gain and wealth, or anything that one treasures more than God].
We must make up our minds–sometimes every morning, or even several times a day! We must ask ourselves each time we are confronted with a choice, “Who am I going to serve?” Hopefully, we choose to serve the LORD. But, this decision isn’t as easy as it sounds. Unless we have a solid base, a foundation built on a close relationship with Him and His teachings, we will be swayed by the devil’s deceitful lies. Adam and Eve were lead astray–and they were perfect and in perfect circumstances! What makes us think we stand a chance of not being led astray (besides our own arrogance)?
Jesus tells us how to choose wisely through this parable in Matthew 7:
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
We hear His words by reading them in His Book and by asking Him what it means and listening to what He says, and then applying it to our lives.
Let’s not allow Satan to steal our joy, our peace, and our testimony. Let’s be victorious today by turning to the Savior for strength and conviction, for advice and guidance; may He be our Source of joy, our Source of love, and our Source of peace. Where did I find all this great advice? IN THE WORD OF GOD!
Abba, I pray for my readers that they would connect with You and stay connected with You throughout today. May they come to understand that we cannot float through life and expect to end up on heaven’s shores. We must be intentional about following You, keeping You in our sights and staying as close to You as we possibly can. You constantly tell us, “Come on! Keep trying! I’ve got you!” Thank You, LORD, for Your encouraging words and tender mercies. I crave them. Amen.