12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (Hebrews 12:1 NIV)
Apologies for a few days of no posting. I have been on vacation and only today was able to get a good enough WiFi to attempt to get anything online.
Being away and off-line for a the better part of the week has shown me one thing; I can no longer disconnect well.
Granted, a large part of my ministry is in my writing. But to finish the race well I must take time to be alone and listen to what God would have me write. He has made this part of my life come easily, but it is a race of endurance to be sure. These post and my other writing make up much of how I attempt to reach the world.
If this week is teaching me anything it is that I must learn to disconnect and listen for that still small voice if I hope to run the race well.
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (Colossians 4:2 NIV)
By devoting ourselves to prayer we are making a conscious choice to keep God in the forefront of our minds. When coupled with a regular reading of the Word, we are keeping two elements in our lives that can help guide us through the labyrinth of a complicated life.
17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. (Ephesians 1:17 NIV)
There are many ways we gain wisdom. But the Spirit provides revelation through the Word so that we may know God better. Without the Spirit with we can gain only a topical knowlege of scripture.
With the Spirit, scripture is revealed as we mature and grow. This “revelation” provides a deeper understanding of God, our spiritual nature and conveys practical wisdom.
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. (1 Corinthians 2:10 NIV)
We can strive to know many things. To gain wisdom and knowledge, but some things must be revealed to us. Especially when it comes to our own nature and the nature of God.
The Spirit is within and searches all things to help us gain a spiritual understanding. Be that of God or of life.
Thus, He reveals to us as we need that which will guide us through this life.
12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. (Romans 14:12 NIV)
Each of us is reponsible for our actions. Whether it is in business or in relationships we, at times, must give account for what we do. This means that someone will sit in judgement of those actions.
God will require an accounting of our actions as well. However, if we are in Christ there is atonement for our actions. Because all have fallen short.
25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25 NIV)
To keep in step with the Spirit, our lives should reflect how we are walking. If all manner of anger and malicious behavior are what we exhibit we are not walking by the Spirit.
When our actions are driven by humility and love, then we know that we are walking by the Spirit.
12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” (Genesis 3:12 NIV)
Wasn’t me is a game we play in life. It’s called passing the buck or casting blame. As children we think it will get us out of being disciplined. As adults we tend to use it to buy us time to make up some better reason or “adjust” the situation.
The distinction may be different but the effect is the same. We are not being accountable for our actions. This rarely works out and often causes us an even bigger reputational hit.
God knows right of the bat who holds responsibility. There is no getting around His view into our lives. Luckily He provides forgiveness through Christ and looks for repentance and change on our part.