This morning I was perusing my Bloglines subscriptions when I came across this post by Georgia Mom, and I was convicted to get off the computer and spend my time reading something more worthwhile, namely the Word of God.
As I commented to Georgia Mom, I, too, read these blogs by women who are suffering deeply, and I feel so inadequate in my faith. I know that suffering brings us closer to God and allows us to identify with Christ, but of course I don’t want to suffer. I do, however, want to be close to God.
When there is nothing in my life forcing me to rely on God, it really comes down to self-discipline. Getting into The Word. Asking for wisdom, discernment, guidance. Asking for the mind of Christ, the heart of Christ.
The Bible clearly teaches that if we ask for these things, we will receive them. And when I take time to do this, I am rewarded with stronger faith, a closer walk with God, and I trust that God is glorified — not because I’m doing something righteous, but because I am allowing Him to work in me.
Unfortunately I get so busy with the everdayness of life that I often fail make spending time with God and seeking his will a priority.
This morning I did get up from the computer after reading Georgia Mom’s blog and grabbed my Bible. I’ve been verrrrrry slowwwwwly reading through Romans over the past few months. (Very slowly because I find myself finding other things I’d rather do than sit down and spend time in the Word — a very sad commentary on my spiritual condition, for sure.)
So I turned in my Bible to the spot where I last left off, Romans 12. And what a timely passage, the perfect follow-up to Georgia Mom’s post. I’m going to share the snippets that particularly jumped out at me, not the passage in its entirety. You can view that here.
Anything in italics is my personal commentary, not to be confused with the inspired word of God of course. And the emphases in bold print are mine.
1. I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Am I truly presenting myself as a living sacrifice to God? The way I use my resources (time, money, talents) would indicate otherwise.
2. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. I fear I am far too conformed to this world. I hope one day to feel differently.)
3. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think . . . What a contradiction to the “you have to love yourself first” philosophy of our day!
9. Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
10. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
12. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
16. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
18. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
There really isn’t much to add, now is there?