[read before worship] We are ultimately responsible for our on-going relationship with the Father. The choice is ours.
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its way and be wise!
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest–11 and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
Let’s expand the list a little bit: a little sleep, a little extra tv, a little extra social media, a little sports, a little partying, a little more work…get the picture? When we don’t CREATE time to spend with the Father in prayer and in the Word of God–I’m talking distinct, deliberate time and not just a word while we’re driving or in line at the store–we reveal our hearts. Just how serious are we about our relationship? If we are really interested in Him guiding our decisions and our lives, then we’d better spend a LOT of time with Him! His Spirit wants to share all things with us (doled out over time and experience). Let’s give Him a chance!
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 1 Corinthians 2:9-12 NIV
The last verse of this chapter is, “But we have the mind of Christ.” Do we really WANT the mind of Christ? How do we access the mind of Christ? When we read God’s Word, the Spirit explains it to us, but not just the facts; He also explains the mind behind the facts: God’s mind. When we read about the way God led Jesus and the plan that Jesus fulfilled, we find out a LOT about the Father and how much He cares for us, interacts with us, and has in store for us.
Knowing Him intimately and walking with Him daily
is why we got saved! It’s what the cross was all about.
If you are reading this post before church, then I encourage you to connect with the Father in worship! Don’t just go through the motions. God’s own words about that attitude is, “I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.” “When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood (wrong-doing based upon our own evil desires)! Wash and make yourselves clean…stop doing wrong; learn to do right.” Isaiah 1:11, 15-17
God is not interested in our “worship;” He’s interested in a relationship with us.
Here’s the next verse: “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18
When we turn to Him for cleansing, we begin a conversation with Him; we spend time in His presence; we begin to become like Him. It really is that simple.
Abba, “You desire sweet fellowship with us, and the Spirit calls to us. When will we turn from this world and turn to You? When will we immerse ourselves in Your Word and hear Your voice speak to us? Give us “aha!” moments as we read Your Word. May we turn to You and Your Scriptures when tempted to sin. Change our habits, LORD–change me!” Amen (from my journal Saturday morning).