Monday, December 19, 2011

Straight Ahead

"Are we trying to arouse the Lord's Jealousy?  Are we stronger than He?" (1 Corinthians 10:22).

Have you ever noticed that the word "player" has culturally evolved into something to proud of?  It has become a badge of honor.  For a man to cheat and to be with more women than he is able to count is seen, in many circles, to be something to honor, look up to, and respect.  In the year 2002 I made a covenant to the woman who was and still is my very best friend.  I vowed to her before God that I would honor her and cherish her, keeping myself only for her as long as we both shall live.

What I vowed to my wife did not lose its potency or relevancy at the conclusion of the honeymoon, or during the times that we may have been at odds with one another.  It was a vow that surpasses emotions, desires, frustrations, hurts, and temptations.  If I falter in a way that I veer off the course that I vowed to journey with my wife, I am both breaking that vow, and provoking her heart to jealousy.  I made a promise.  I entered into covenant.  I did so before God.  For our marriage to be successful, we must, together, keep our eyes on Jesus and focus life straight ahead.  No turning back, no turning around, and no turning away.

So it is in our relationship with Jesus.  It is not uncommon to see people who call themselves "Christians," yet choose to live in a way that reflects little regard to Him.  They don't honor Him with the choices they make, the words they speak, or the direction they travel.  They worship the idols of self-interest, self-preservation, and self-centeredness.

Paul sought to hit a home-run with this message to his audience.  Each moment you live is to be lived as an act of worship to God.  You life is to be a living sacrifice - given in total surrender and humility.  Every aspect of your existence is to be a song of passionate worship, intimately expressing your love, commitment, and dedication to Him.  When you choose not to spend time with the Creator of time, then you are choosing to worship your will at a greater level than the heart of God.  He is greater than anything you can possibly seek to understand.  He desires to be your all-in-all.  Let your life reflect a heart that beats passionately for Him.  Resist the distractions.  Focus on Him.  Walk with Him straight ahead.

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