A few months ago, every night before bed I would study the Bible. Even when I was exhausted from a long day, I would make myself read the scripture, then answer a few questions ( I have a daily guide to the Bible). It almost became a routine, I would make sure to get that reading done before it got too late! I’m not going to lie, I was a little lazy with answering the questions. It kind of reminded me of school and how I used to wait until the last minute to do my homework. Even if it involved me staying up all night, I knew I had to get it done.
There was something bad that I felt within myself if I wasn’t able to complete that reading. Like I was neglecting something, my spiritual self. There were no excuses as to why I couldn’t complete; I figured if I could stay up all night finishing a homework assignment, I could do the same with spending time with God…
At church this past Sunday, the Minister talked about the laws that were given to the people of Israel, in specific: you shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain (Deut. 5: 11) with 2 Corinthians 5:17, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold all things have become new. The connection between the two scriptures is that as a Christian, if you claim to be of God and are a follower of God, then you should be living for Him. However, what does it mean to truly live for God?
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Deut. 5:11 is, “I swear to God…” You remember back in the day when you were trying to convince someone of the truth, so you put God in the situation to let that person know you were not playing! Lol Whenever someone started their sentence with that, you knew they were serious! However, that is a wrong understanding of what God meant when He said to not use his name in vein…
I remember watching this youtube video of this girl talking about why she got “666” tattooed on her: she had a negative experience with a Christian woman who wasn’t doing things of Christ and she figured that if this woman can claim to be a Christian, but isn’t doing things pleasing to God, that she could get a tattoo, symbolic for something evil, and still good person. I totally understood where she was coming from, it’s easy to say and not do, or to just put on a false image. Her tattoo story is a great example of what God means to not use His name in vein: if you claim the be a disciple of Christ, be one in all areas. To live for God means to overcome things He isn’t pleased with and that starts with overcoming our natural self.
We were raised to care for our natural self, or physical self, rather than our spiritual self. Considering we live in a physical world, focused on physical things, “logically,” it would make sense to care for our physical self. However, when we decide to live for God, we have to understand that we are no longer living for ourself.
Earlier in the post, I talked about how I procrastinated when it came to my homework. I was paying to go to school and since all that money had gone into those classes, I was desperate to get the work done, at ANY means!! If you aren’t able to relate to that, just think of a time, either current or in the past, when you were tired of your job; you may have even hated it! You despised getting up early and even contemplated if you should show up.
Quitting was never an option though because the bills had to get paid. Situations like that call for desperate moments! No matter how you felt, you knew you had to suck it up and do it because if you didn’t, there would be consequences.
Why is this feeling we have towards our physical self not the same for our spiritual self? We know we should study the Bible and spend more time with God, yet we haven’t gotten to that point of desperation; why?
We reap what we sow and what we are sowing in our physical life now, will determine where our spiritual self will be for eternity. Just remember, the time we spend on earth doesn’t amount to eternity. There is no time in eternity, it just is…
I’m passing this on from my minister to you, so when that time comes, you can’t use the excuse of you not knowing, now you know….
Feed your spirit and become more desperate for the Lord!
Just remember: God doesn’t expect us to live 100% up to His standards. There is no perfect Christian, only one who desires to be.