In what are we investing? Is it worldly, transitory things, or are we investing in the kingdom of God?
2 Ill-gotten [poor quality, fleeting] treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death [spiritual death, moral bankruptcy, and eternal treasures].
What activities can we do that will draw us closer to our LORD? What investments can we make that will make us more righteous, holy, and useful for the Kingdom? This question reveals our motivation. Are we really in this life for the LORD? Have we really given everything over to Him: our lives, jobs, free time, relationships, family? How about our goals, hopes, dreams, wishes and aspirations? If not, then the motivation of our hearts will certainly be revealed by where we spend our time and resources.
23 A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes [anything that is not God-led], but a person of understanding delights in wisdom [taking our lead from the LORD.
We must be careful not to trust our own intellect, our own perspective, or our own desires. We must not forget that “the heart is deceitful and wicked above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9. It’s why we give our hearts to Jesus so that He can give us His heart. We must learn to access His heart. The most dangerous words we can speak are:
- “I don’t see why/why not…” The underlying problem here is no discernment. We must ask for discernment and for God’s perspective. We must then seek it in His Word and trust Him to reveal it to us. Then we must knock on heaven’s door concerning how to use it. Is a solution found? Yes? Great! No? Then repeat the process.
- “I don’t care.” Oh, the arrogance that is revealed in these words! It shows our deepest sin: PRIDE. The fact that we don’t care should send up red flags and fireworks in our minds and hearts! REPENT IMMEDIATELY!
- “No one has the right to tell me what to do.” Actually, they do–in Jesus’ name and according to His prompting. In 2 Samuel 12:1-14 is the story of the prophet Nathan going to King David and confronting him with his sin concerning Bathsheba. In Galatians 2:11-14, Paul confronts Peter concerning his hypocrisy in Antioch. Let us be wary anytime we have this attitude!
When it comes to our schedules, we must make sure that we place them before the LORD and ask Him to orchestrate our activities. He doesn’t work for us–we work for HIM! Can sports become an idol? Sure! Can music? Absolutely. Can gaming? You bet. ANYTHING that we do WITHOUT allowing Him to moderate our activity is on its way to becoming an idol. Let’s allow Him to lead us in our events, activities, and relationships. He can keep us from great calamity and lead us in the way everlasting IF we will give Him our time, talents, resources, relationships–our lives!
Abba, loving You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength is hard. I have so many things that I want to do, to eat, to indulge in…! Teach me to stay away from harmful things that keep me from seeing You, hearing You, depending on You and loving You. Help me to moderate those things that aren’t necessarily bad, but tend to eat up my time and resources. Lead me to activities that draw me closer to You, learn more about You, and experience You on a deeper level. I want my life to be ALL ABOUT YOU, LORD. Amen.