Where there is an undeterred or emboldened willingness to sin, perhaps there is no knowledge of the sufferings of Jesus Christ, no belief in Him and therefore no regeneration. Everyone that calls out Lord, Lord-claiming to be a Christian is not. As followers of God we have been given the standard, called the Law, which we must strive to live by. It is impossible for us to meet all its tenants-all the time. And when we fall short and miss the target we are at odds with the way God requires us to live. In these moments of darkness the Law clearly reveals our sinful nature.
Many possessions can lead to a haughty spirit. No matter how much authority, money or power we wield, we will never be above the above the law. Are you innocent? If your actions or mine were examined we may be found in violation of God’s law. Surely the very acts that we do not take may be evidence that shows we have taken hold of this belief of superiority. A major misstep in the lives of many is the lack of contentment, which is fueled by greed. Where can one find this elusive and seemingly antiquated notion? The bombardment of many ideas-commercials and ads-a contrarian striving for success sees no need for satisfaction. 6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. (1 Timothy 6:6-7)
Yes…the proof is in the fruit. In Matthew chapter 7, Jesus says that a good tree cannot bring forth bad fruit, likewise good fruit cannot be produced by a bad tree. We have a choice to RESPOND to those God sends our way and ACT on His clear message. The truth is we ALL are born sinful-though not trapped. The escape hatch that leads to eternal life comes by accepting Jesus. A concern for what is next [after this life] should motivate our actions daily. Of course, being concerned does not establish the need to worry. It means you and I live as though this life and the next matters to God. After believing on Jesus we can be confident knowing that our names are written in the Book of Life. And that Jesus has created a place in Heaven for us.
Having more things may feel good, but having more to give to those in need is complete-a greater good. We move around in darkness going from relationship to relationship and place to place leaving emptiness, yet not learning. Standing proudly in the dimly lit mirror not seeing our true selves, taking what God has given without a thankful heart. Submit yourselves to God this day and do not worship any person or thing created. 24 “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. 26 From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. 27 “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. (Acts 17:24-27)
Imagine that! God’s plan for us is so detailed that He even chose where we should live. He being not far from us wants us to seek Him. Everything we own is God-given and “in Him we live and move and exist” (Acts 17:24-28).
Above all else Love.