How often do we make excuses, promising God we will spend time with Him another day? We surmise our lives would be holier if we had a more comfortable life, a more spiritual spouse, more intellectual and obedient children, more fashionable clothes, or more time to relax all alone. We decide God can wait. After all, we have more important things to do.
Presents to buy.
And some holiday parties to attend.
However, when we reflect back on human history, we see a couple named Adam and Eve who had everything they needed. They lived the perfect life. And in the midst of Eden, which was abundantly good, they sinned and fell apart.
We do not sin because of irritable people or unexpected circumstances. We sin because we are inherently bad. Sin is not a by-product of what we have or do no have. Sin is an overflow of the condition of our heart.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9
I have four children, ranging in age from four to nineteen. Crazy, I know. This past summer, our younger lil’ dude thoroughly enjoyed riding his bike around the neighborhood. He seemed ready to take the training wheels off and ride into the wind. From his outer appearance, he looked prepared. He was muscular, athletic, and strong. And so, we gave it a try.
Here has been my observation with all four of my children. We have been unsuccessful in teaching them how to ride a bike until they came to the decision on their own. They had to want it for themselves. They had to give up control and be willing to take a few tumbles. It was a deliberate act of their will saying, “I am ready to ride.” Otherwise, as parents, we epically failed. All of our bribing, prodding, encouraging, and pushing did not work until the moment they chose do to it alone.
In the same way, until we make a conscious and personal decision that we want to follow hard after God, we will be tossed around with the wind. We have to want to listen to the Holy Spirit, giving Him full control. Our culture surrounds us with distractions and makes a mockery out of God. We have to determine in our hearts whom we will serve. It is a daily decision. Moment by moment.
Will we say yes or no?
In Scripture we find a story of a man who was willing to stand all alone. He didn’t rhyme with the crowd or try to harmonize. He willingly beated to God’s drum. He didn’t get caught up in the circumstances surrounding him, nor become overwhelmed by his peers. He kept his eyes intently focused on God, and aligned his heart to the will of God.
When we surrender our hearts, passions, and dreams to our Father God above, it will blow us away what God will do. His plans are so much more than our petty little ideas. He dreams big and orchestrates details. He is worth living for!
“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
The choice remains. It’s up to you. Who today will you serve?
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