When I want to open the door, mindlessly, I command my hand to turn the knob and the door opens.
If I want to see where I’m going, all I have to do is raise my eyelids.
Like almost everyone else, I don’t see the miracle of this very often. My body is slave to my mind. There’s no need for pageantry regarding the foot, hand or eyelids. But let any of these be injured so that they don’t work as they should, you’ll find me quite concerned for the welfare of my body.
The apostle John said “The true light, coming into the world, that gives light to every man”.
The light. Have we become complacent about righteousness? Have we begun to treat it like our body? We take for granted that we know what is right to do. Where did we get that knowledge?
Complacency quickly evaporates when we realize we have done something stupid and violently broke the laws of God.
When is it the proper time to fall on our knees and give thanks that God himself has placed righteousness in our minds and hearts? Without the Lord Jesus we would immediately fall into disrepair (No matter whether you believe in him or not.).
Stupid might be funny to watch. But nobody likes it happens to them. No, serious is the preferred lifestyle. Stupid doesn’t seem to know this world is out to kill him. Serious is better armed to defend his turf.
So we look for serious stuff. We gather a bit here and a bit there. And the guy goes about with a serious look on his face, thinking he has defended himself from all possible attack.
In your gatherings have you gathered SERIOUS? I know you found it while you were looking around. SERIOUS made this place. SERIOUS it’s never worries when the storms assail. SERIOUS has it all covered from before you were born to after you are gone.
When you stumbled across The SERIOUS, what was your reaction? If you were like every other person who ever lived, you’d be better off to go and find it again. Reassess its value. Take as much of SERIOUS home with you as you can carry.
I see a fearsome mistake that men far too often make. I see it for two reasons. First I see the mistake because I saw it in other men. Then the mistake came to life as I saw it in myself.
The mistake is that any man should think he holds the truth in his own hand. And the mistake becomes evident when our actions and words do not reflect perfection and purity.
I know that many will not understand this. They will think that the body of religious words have power in themselves. But this mistake happens when people forget that the body of religious words are but a shadow of He who is immeasurably pure and brilliantly righteous.
The mistake happens when people look to their own history, or even the history of any other man, and think the truth they perceive can belong to man.
Man, in himself, can never hold the fullness of what is true. I used the word never and meant it with all the fullness that that means. Man’s reliance on the Living God’s Holy Son does not cease at our eternal appearance in heaven.
Truth is the Living God himself. Truth is not a body of evidence among men, whether in word or in deed. Truth is the Living
Person of Jesus the Christ of God.
Failure to pray will surely lead us into things that are not completely true. Failure to humble ourselves before the Majesty of God, will surely cause us to live abundantly in a Body of Lies.
I was just thinking of the things that the Lord Jesus has taught me over the years. Above all other lessons, the lesson of creating habits has been the most useful.
He has caused me to make a habit of doing the things that don’t normally need to be done. So that when they do need to be done, they are just a natural extension of my normal day.
By this he has also taught me to notice when things are not right. If I go about my tasks in a habitual manner I notice when a piece of it is missing.
By this he has taught me to be a somewhat righteous worker. I mean, the habits he has taught me to employ, are the habits I am told I must use by those who pay my wage. I make less mistakes. I don’t cut corners. And by the habits, I generally make a good use of time.
You may think that man can learn this by himself. Perhaps. But that is not the general rule is it? And why would anyone think that? Are they trying to avoid a relationship with the living God? Likely.
There is so much more to say about how the Lord Jesus has rescued me from folly and the insanity of dereliction. But if a man will approach him, and ask to be taught the things that matter. The Lord will show him these things.
If you too could have these, why would you not ask him?