Be Ready

I suppose this is slightly related to my last post.  It’s more of a logical follow-up, I guess.  If you think about it, aren’t lusts just another distraction, a chasing after the wind?  Where our hearts should truly be is in the Lord.  Almost anything can be a distraction from life’s true purpose, knowing God.  Entertainment is a big one, and so is money.  We need to be ready to serve God at all times.

Life is busy, that’s for sure.  I think that we first need to break it down into its priorities, think about what really matters.  And what matters more than anything else?  I believe it is our relationship with God.  God matters more than money, more than our own “happiness” or comfort, even more than your own family.  Jesus said in Luke 14:26, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.”  Your family are your loved ones, the people you care about most.  In comparison to our love for God, even our love for them should be like nothing.

How can we plan our faith around our lives?  So many times, we try to fit God in with all our other chores, jobs, families, friends and entertainments.  We’ll make time for God on Sunday mornings, maybe during a small group at some time during the week, maybe a daily half-hour devotional.  But what does God really want?  All our heart, soul, mind and strength.  Nothing less.  We cannot put God in our wallet like a credit card to just pull out and use whenever we want.  He is transcendent, far above and beyond everything else, and He wants our whole life.

What we should be focused on is not how much God can do for us, but how much we can do for God.  We must be ready for anything, because “the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”  We must be ready to serve at all times and at all costs.  We must be willing to do anything and be anyone He wants us to be.  Live with faith, confidence.  Do not throw those away.  For in the end, we will stand before God alone.  Will He say to you, “well done, good and faithful servant”?  Or will He say, “I never knew you”?

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” -1 Peter 3:15

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