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Friday, July 27, 2012

Too....... (Part 2)

The last three on our list of "Too......." were too selfish, too uninterested, and too........whatever.  For Part 1, click HERE.

A few days ago, one of those neat photo phrase things came across Facebook.  Most of the time I don't share those.....just in case there are viruses attached or have bad language somewhere I'm not seeing, but this one was good and from a good site.  It said, "Lord, help me remember: IT'S NOT ABOUT ME IT'S ABOUT YOU!  "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your mind and with all your strength. Deut. 6:5"

When we're selfish, we are thinking just the opposite of this quote and verse.  We're thinking that life is all about US......what we need.....what we want.......what we think.  But it's not.  Everything we are and everything we have is because of God.  He put us here on earth to do His Will.  He has a plan for our lives to do His work.  But, He also gave us a free will so that we must choose to serve Him.  We can choose to serve ourselves and sadly, sometimes we do.

Let's not be too selfish and think only of ourselves and our needs/wants.  Let's turn our eyes to God and outward towards others and serve them first.  In the end, we'll find that in serving Him and others, we'll have more joy and peace and contentment than we ever dreamed possible!

Being too uninterested in doing God's Will is a major heart problem, which affects other parts of the body:  the eyes can't see; the ears can't hear; the mouth can't speak; the hands won't serve; the feet won't go.  In other words, we don't care to see the needs of others.  Our ears don't hear God's Word to apply it in our lives.  Maybe we're hearing the words of the teacher, preacher, or scriptures, but we're not really listening.  We may like to apply them to other people, but fail to see how they can change our own lives.

When our mouths aren't speaking about the Good News of Jesus, we've become too uninterested in souls.  We've neglected to tell others about salvation and how they can have the confident hope of living eternity in heaven.  Maybe our feet only go to fun and entertaining places.  Maybe they're too busy working.  Maybe they're too busy shopping......going where "self" wants them to go, but not helping the growth of God's Kingdom.

Our hands can become so busy with the "stuff" in life that they're not being used to serve others.  On the other hand, they can become idle......sitting at home doing nothing at all.  No works.  No service.  No interest in doing anything at all.  There is a specific warning to widow women about being idle and how it leads to other sins, but this verse could go to everyone......especially women because of the "talking" reference that we're so good at (much to our own dismay!):

As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry. 12 Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge. 13 Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to. 
1 Timothy 5:11-13

So, what is your "Too....." problem?  Is it one of these?  Is it something different?  We all have something that Satan uses to trip us up, don't we?  We don't always realize that it's from the devil, but it is.  And somehow, just realizing that he is really the enemy and that he does want me to mess the amazing and wonderful fact that God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit are fighting for us on our me strength and courage to fight Satan back!  I pray that it does you, as well!  

I must admit. Sometimes I give in and Satan wins.  Sometimes I try to fight him off by myself, but I shouldn't.  God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit will help me with my "Too problem".  They can help you, too!

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