While out camping for a week my family couldn’t help but notice so many nice RVs. There were many travel trailers and motorhomes much nicer than the one we were in.
It was a wonderful opportunity to talk to the children about both being thankful and to remind them that our possessions don’t go with us.
I pursued the world for years. I thought the world had it right. Get enough money, success, respect or whatever and you can consider yourself to have made it. But anything built on the wring foundation is worthless.
For no one can lay any other foundation than what has been laid down. That foundation is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, each one’s work will become obvious. For the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. If anyone’s work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will experience loss, but he himself will be saved — but only as through fire.
1 Corinthians 3:11-15 CSB
Make no mistake. There is a war going on. It is a battle with eternal consequence. The enemy has a huge arsenal of weapons and lately I’ve found one of the best weapons to be busyness. Have you ever found yourself wondering where the week went? I think for me anyway, those weeks probably resulted in very little being built on the proper foundation.
Pray much. Read God’s Word often. Encourage others daily. That way your heart can store up treasure where it lasts.
It is so pleasant to get away from the busyness that distracts us from the truly important. I have been sitting under an awning looking at these trees for over an hour. I’ve been listening to what must be the lightest rain I’ve experienced tap an the awning.
It competes with the squirrel I see scolding some unseen nemesis. Even the sound of the road runner rustling leaves as it passes within ten feet of where I sit motionless is louder.
For me truly letting go of my control and trusting in God’s word has brought similar peace to my soul. His teaching can be so quiet that other good and pleasing things can be louder if we don’t pay attention.
The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 CSB http://bible.com/1713/2pe.3.9.CSB
What a wonderful, encouraging verse. When we think God is taking His sweet time, He is, for our good.
He is patient with us to keep us from perishing. What a wonderful love, to put up with us in our wrongheaded ways, our refusal to repent and still He waits.
Have you ever felt that the thing you wanted most in the world was for someone, anyone to just love you? The real you? So you try to gain love and acceptance by putting up a facade, wearing your fake self proudly so that people will love you? I have.
In “The Cure: What if God isn’t who you think He is and neither are you“ that way of thinking is exposed for what it really is, a self-defeating, feedback loop which does nothing but push us farther away from others and from God.
The authors lay out how we are tempted to put that mask on so we measure up. They point out that when Christians fall prey to this way of thinking it’s even worse as we try to make ourselves look presentable to a God we can never measure up to while we remain in this world. We forget His grace.
While I’m not certain of it, I think this probably contributes to one of the biggest complaint I hear about “the church.” Time after time I hear about hypocrisy. Jesus had no use for hypocrites (Mark 23:27, Matthew 24:51). The Greek word for hypocrites referred to actors on stage wearing a mask.
I’m convinced that in this current age, people seek real, stable, truth. They seek it more and more even as the world spirals out of control to a point where it wants to convince everyone their self-centered worldview is the only truth that matters.
As Christians we need to take off our masks and be courageous enough to admit we’re not perfect and show the world God’s love is designed for those who are imperfect (Luke 5:32). It’s the only way we can truly love and be loved.
One of the most difficult things I think we have to do as Christians is balance the command to correct fellow believers (Matthew 18:15-17) with the command not to judge incorrectly (Matthew 7:1-3). When I read this passage from James it shows how serious this balance is.
When we step out of bounds, we move from correcting a fellow believer out of love and into a position of correcting God. He is the Lawgiver and if we’re judging the law, that puts us in a position of determining whether or not His work meets our standards instead of whether we meet His. Now I don’t know about you, but that’s not a statement I care to make to the Creator.
God, I would apply your law here but it comes up a tad short.
In essence don’t we say that when we move beyond God’s Word? I mean, He left a canon of scripture for us. Is it good enough as it is? If you believe in it, be livin’ it.
- there are seven days left to help me in the fight against kids cancer. If you haven’t donated yet please consider donating below.
I just finished a 12-mile ride that was supposed to be 20 miles except I had a flat and it’s 95 degrees. A pulse of 170 when I was only riding 9 miles an hour told me it was time to head back.
Help me show these little ones love in action (1 John 3:18) by helping fund research to battle kids cancer.
1 John 3:18
Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action.
This video is decades old but full of truth!