Who Are You Really Hurting?
As a parent, getting your child to do their homework can sometimes be frustrating. Even if you have not entered parenthood, you can relate that while in school, doing homework could be aggravating. Sometimes they don’t quite understand the work that was given or they could be tired and just don’t feel like giving it their all. Whatever the case, I know I’ve told my child that whether or not they do the work, it wasn’t going to affect me. I would then pose the question, “Who are you really hurting by not doing what you are suppose to do?”.
Let’s think of our personal relationship with God. We live our life, majority of the time, how we want to live it. Our goal is to satisfy our flesh, what it is we feel we need at that moment. How often do we stop to question if what we want is what God wants for us? Honestly for the longest time, I didn’t consult with Him on much of anything. I would go ahead with my plan and after things wouldn’t work out, I would consult God on what to do. Isn’t that what we tend to do, act first and question later?
Tell me,how has that worked out for you?
In the Bible, the people of Judah (see the book of Jeremiah) not only lived in sin, but they were comfortable in it. It was nothing for them to worship idols, commit adultery, and steal among other evils. They would then come to the Temple to worship God, and go right back out into their sinful living. They felt as if they were safe from God’s wrath because they put in time at the Temple. Isn’t that what we tend to do today? We have a false sense of security, thinking that just because we go to church on Sunday and give God thanks, we are good. We have done our godly duties for the week. As soon as we step out, we are back to doing the very things that are not pleasing to God. We become desensitized to the magnitude of our actions and do everything possible to minimize the evil we practice. It’s like we think we can barter with God; give Him a good hallelujah in exchange of Him overlooking our sin.
It doesn’t, work that way.
At the end of the day, you are only hurting yourself. God does not operate on a barter system nor does He negotiate sin and this is a dangerous game to play with Him. We can decorate our homes with godly decor, post scriptures on our news feed, talk a good game to others about how much we love God and how often we pray. None of that matters if your life doesn’t match up with your speech. The time will come when we all will have to account for every evil committed. Even before that day arrives, there will come a time where we need a prayer answered and it doesn’t get heard. So I challenge all who read this to take a good look at how you are living. If you know there are some areas in your life that aren’t pleasing to God, ask Him to purge you of all unrighteousness and create in you a clean heart. It is never too late to get back on the right track. Satisfying your flesh is not worth more than securing your soul.
In Relentless Pursuit,
“Am I the one they are hurting?” asks the LORD. “Most of all, they hurt themselves, to their own shame.” Jeremiah 7:19 NLT