Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Am I really living for Jesus?
Of course, I'd like to think that's the case, but more often than not, I'd have to answer, "No."
If not, then why not?
In every case, the answer is because I'm lazy. This may seem evident to anyone who knows me, but it's not readily apparent to me. At least all of the time.
It's not really indolence: I work hard enough - well, okay, I have an office job and I'm not likely to break into a sweat typing, filing and surfing the net, but you get my drift.
I wander through my day and do what I do and think a couple of churchy thoughts and that's it, I'm a Christian.
Is it the fault of my Church? My wife? THE WORLD?
Is there some vast conspiracy of Romish churchmen in league with the Prince of this World to lead me astray?
Nope. Whatever faults the Church has, it's always pointed me to Jesus and the Scriptures.
All I have to do is open my Bible and read:
How blessed is anyone who rejects the advice of the wicked and does not take a stand in the path that sinners tread, nor a seat in company with cynics, but who delights in the law of Yahweh and murmurs his law day and night. Such a one is like a tree planted near streams; it bears fruit in season and its leaves never wither, and every project succeeds. How different the wicked, how different! Just like chaff blown around by the wind the wicked will not stand firm at the Judgement nor sinners in the gathering of the upright. For Yahweh watches over the path of the upright, but the path of the wicked is doomed. - NJB
Or this version:
Happy those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked, Nor go the way of sinners, nor sit in company with scoffers. Rather, the law of the LORD is their joy; God's law they study day and night. They are like a tree planted near streams of water, that yields its fruit in season; Its leaves never wither; whatever they do prospers. But not the wicked! They are like chaff driven by the wind. Therefore the wicked will not survive judgment, nor will sinners in the assembly of the just. The LORD watches over the way of the just, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin. - NAB
I like the NJB vision of murmuring God's laws day and night. Praying without ceasing.
Reject the counsel of the wicked; follow the way of the Lord. Read His Word - and not just read - aborb. Spend less time with cynics/scoffers.
But these are all choices I must make - activities I must do. Remove myself from the company of scoffers. Pick up my Bible and read it. Pray - just do it.
Of course I started messing around with this post Wednesday and it's now Friday...
Good thing no-one is likely to read this, huh?
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