James 4:8 (CEV) Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners. Purify your hearts, you people who can’t make up your mind.
Do you want paper or plastic? Tea or coffee? Would you like fries with that? These are all questions with easy answers. It may take me a while to decide which restaurant I want to eat at tonight, but I always come up with an answer… because I know what I want. Those answers are easy, and they don’t affect my life or my salvation.
Do I listen to this song? this station? these DJs? Do I watch this episode despite its content? Do I stop watching the show altogether? Do I need to separate myself from this group of friends?
These are choices that have lasting effects on my salvation. I cannot ride the fence. I have to make a choice. God is showing me more and more these days that I have to choose between Him and the world.
Friends, I choose HIM! I choose Him all day long! But, I have to be honest and admit how very hard it is. And I find myself trying to ride the fence just a little while longer. I can stop watching the show after this episode; it’s my favorite one! I am not listening to this song for the lyrics, I just like the beat. These DJs discuss topics that I cannot condone, but that last caller was hysterical… I’ll stop listening tomorrow.
I certainly hope I am not the only one. I hate to imagine that I am the only one trying to give my devotion to God while still watching episodes of Friends or the Big Bang Theory. I want to get excited about the new seasons of my favorite shows, like Grey’s Anatomy, but I know what is waiting for me: sin.
I can rationalize it by saying “this is real life, life is just like this. I can recognize that sin and stay away from it, that is not who I am. That is not my life. I can keep watching.” But I am just causing separation between me and God. He is calling us to clean up our lives. Including these things in my life would be like cleaning my whole house spotless, but leaving all the dirty towels on the floor. I wouldn’t want guests to see those dirty towels, and I don’t want God to see these dirty things keeping my soul from being perfectly clean.
So, I start to purge. I’m addicted (I mean really addicted!), so I know this will not be easy. When I fail, I repent. I don’t give up. God is worth it. Come near to God and He will come near to you. That is the promise I am holding to. I rid myself of these things, and God will fill the void with His goodness.
If you are interested in going with me on this journey, leave a comment. Maybe we can hold each other accountable!
DON’T FORGET! Tomorrow I am hosting our weekly link up of praise! Link your posts of praise to God, pictures of praise, or even videos/audio files of praise and worship music. It is all about lifting praise to our Father. We will be linking up every Monday, so maybe this will help us all focus on finding reasons to praise and ways to praise our Heavenly Father. I hope you all join me!