Proverbs 16:3 Commit your actions to the Lord,
and your plans will succeed.
I was driving on I-5, heading to Seattle and found a random (nothing is really random with God) station as a man was challenging his listeners to take a realistic look at their Christian lives. He captivated me. Then he challenged me. And finally, he exposed my life for what it had become…lukewarm!
“Is the Bible my life guide?” he said. “Does everyday life dominate my spiritual life? Do I see the Bible as The Book of Truth or a book that has truth?
Do I consider the elements of my Christianity as good ideas or are they the building blocks of my life—my very being; the essence of who I am?
Am I willing to say, “The Bible says. . .” and truly believe it as absolute Truth? Is my Christianity of paramount importance to me, or is it an interesting series of stories, tales, commandments and feel-good ideas?
Have I come to a place where I believe God has provided all the answers to my life’s challenges and problems? Do I believe God hears and answers my prayers even though, at times, I cannot see the evidence?
Do I secretly desire God to “bless me” with earthly treasure—telling myself if He did I would give most of it away?
In short, have I decided that living my life according to the Bible is the most important choice I have ever made? Do I really believe that God’s Words are divinely inspired—given through the Holy Spirit—able to change me, heal me, guide me, and inspire me with hope, peace, satisfaction and eternal life? Or do I have doubts and prefer to blend my spiritual life with the world to avoid conflict and possible embarrassment. Do I love Jesus Christ with all my heart and soul or do I simply have “fire insurance”
By now I had pulled to the side of the highway, tears filling my eyes as he concluded with, “Dear friends, Jesus gave His life for you so you could trust Him to guide it for you. Let me ask you, Is Christianity your religious view or your life?”
- Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do and He will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
- Proverbs 16:3 Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.
- Proverbs 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.
- Matt. 6:19-21 Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal. 20 Instead, store up riches for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal. 21 For your heart will always be where your riches are.
- 1 Tim. 6:17-19 Tell those who are rich not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone, but their pride and trust should be in the living God who always richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give happily to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them. 19 By doing this they will be storing up real treasure for themselves in heaven—it is the only safe investment for eternity! And they will be living a fruitful Christian life down here as well.
- Matt. 6:25-27, 34 So my counsel is: Don’t worry about things—food, drink, and clothes. For you already have life and a body—and they are far more important than what to eat and wear. 26 Look at the birds! They don’t worry about what to eat—they don’t need to sow or reap or store up food—for your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. 27 Will all your worries add a single moment to your life? 34 “So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.
- Matt. 22:37-40 Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’ 38-39 This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.’ 40 All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets stem from these two laws and are fulfilled if you obey them. Keep only these and you will find that you are obeying all the others.
“In closing,” he said, “I challenge all of us with these strong cautionary words in the book of First John”:
- 1 John 2:15-17 Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love these things you show that you do not really love God; 16 for all these worldly things, these evil desires—the craze for sex, the ambition to buy everything that appeals to you, and the pride that comes from wealth and importance—these are not from God. They are from this evil world itself. 17 And this world is fading away, and these evil, forbidden things will go with it, but whoever keeps doing the will of God will live forever.