Today, I was *reminded* that I had a blog…when I got my email about having to pay for the domain name that I use through WordPress. It has been far too long since I have posted on here.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” –1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV
I have come to realize the amount of waste in my life, and in the lives of most people I should assume, is greater than I could ever imagine. Now, I don’t mean garbage. I mean waste. Things that take up our time and pull us away from our God glorifying work. Things that are sold to us in an effort to save time, giving us more time to seek God’s glory, when in all reality, it has taken our time away from us.
Lecrae Moore, a Christian Rapper, posted this on his Facebook page:
Random thought : I bought a smart phone to give me the luxury of time saving and communication but instead I find it TAKES more time FROM me and make me a poor communicator. I rarely talk on it, I don’t text in proper English and I sometimes miss being involved with people in person because I’m occupied with all my apps.
But at least I’m aware right? Lol
(click HERE for the post)
After I read that, while in the car on the way to pick up my kids, I had a realization that so much that we call “Christian” really isn’t truly “Christian”. It’s branded that way, with all the right words and looks. But, in all reality, it’s “entertainment” not Christian. It might be a Christian author or musician or artist, however, so much money is put into something that, short of the Lord’s divine intervention, won’t save anyone. Now, don’t get me wrong, there has been plenty of songs and books that have pointed me towards specific passages in scripture in such a light that I hadn’t realize before. When I hear that this song saved me or that book changed my life, it makes me cringe. A song cannot save you. A book(other than the Bible) cannot change your live. God does all of that, and God alone. He uses His Holy Word, the written embodiment of His Son, Jesus our Lord and Savior(John 1:1,14).
I have no doubt that songs can encourage and books cane make people see something they have looked at their entire lives in a different, beneficial way. However, when something changes in us, we need to give glory to where glory is due: To God. And only to God. “It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.”(Proverbs 25:27, ESV). We need to not seek our glory, but His. We must remember that every good gift is from above(James 1:17). It’s when we loose sight of this simple truth that we begin to commit idolatry, as if we don’t already commit it enough. Movies, technology, social networking, our phones, jobs, careers, money, anger, hatred, vengeance, laziness…I could go on and on. That short list are just some of the top things that compete all too often for my affections agains the our Jealous God(Exodus 34:14
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
That is my prayer. Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! Thank you, God! Thank you!
Soli Deo Gloria