“Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind.
For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.”
Does it matter? Does it really matter?
Lately I have been convicted to evaluate everything I spend my time and money on. We only have two things to give in this life:
So, if that’s all we have to give shouldn’t we be giving in a way that honors God?
God gave us this life.
This breath we breathe.
So, what is holding us back from living the life we are called by our Maker to live?
What is it inside of us that tells us to keep on watching hours of meaningless television? What tells us to keep on eating food that we know isn’t good for our bodies? Why do we still buy expensive things we could honestly live without? What are the motives behind the things we do?
I believe it’s a sin problem, but if we were to take a magnify glass to the entire issue, it is clearly a lack of wisdom problem. Because of that first sin in the garden our eyes were opened to know good and evil. In that moment human wisdom was created, and this differs greatly from the wisdom of God. We were not created to be wise and understand good and evil. Have you ever wondered what life would be like if the knowledge of good and evil didn’t exist? We would be SO close to God and everything would be taken care of. We would live in this perfect garden that God himself would walk in with us. We would all be living the lives that God intended for us and we would freely be choosing Him. He wanted us to choose Him freely. And after that sneaky devil deceived Eve humankind was doomed to a pattern of rebellion and a sickness called sin. All because, Eve chose her ways over the ways of God.
When we aren’t connected to our God we do things our own way. We rebel. We sin. And we act with human wisdom instead of the wisdom that comes from God.
So, should you be watching that tv show? Should you let your eyes and ears be exposed to that? It’s just a little thing? Right? Or is it?
I’ll ask you this: How little can a thing be until it takes up your entire day, then your entire life, and ultimately your entire salvation?
I’m not saying that watching television is a sin…that isn’t the point. It’s about conviction. How often do you question the little things you do? Those little things add up into how you ultimately spend your time and money? Do you question it?
Let’s not live in ignorance, but live in love with God. Because if we are in love with God, we will live in truth. Truly living for our Creator. Building a relationship with our God instead of these temporary possessions. Yes, we are to enjoy this life God created for us, but let’s learn to live a life worthy of our calling. A life that honors God in everything we do.
Lately, I’ve held a great conviction to this, and I’m still trying to figure out how to balance it all. Is it really okay to eat that not so healthy, but oh so good greasy hamburger? Or should I rather be eating a salad and saving my money for the less fortunate? I’m telling y’all, it’s a process. It can be a very frustrating process as well. When you’re heart is being molded and reformed, it isn’t always comfortable. So, if you feel this same conviction I have, please do not be discouraged in it. Instead, be encouraged that you are growing in your faith and have been presented with a challenge.
A convicted heart is a growing heart.
So, where are you at? How would you describe your relationship with God? If you need to eliminate some things to strengthen your relationship with Him then, just do it! Let go and let God. Invite Him into the music you listen to, the shows you watch, and the social media scrolling you do. If it doesn’t honor Him then just stop it.
The only thing that matters is loving God, and when you love Him all that you do will reflect it.
Go live love. Go magnify your soul.