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Oh, please, go ahead and ask me things.
This morning I was challenged by something I read in Francis Chan’s book, Forgotten God. It was the last sentence of the opening paragraph of the chapter I was reading, and the sentence was as follows:
It’s safer to commit to following Him someday instead of this day.
The title of the chapter was, ”Forget His Will for Your Life!” And to be honest, I was a little hesitant as to where Chan was going to go with that. Isn’t the entire point of our life to do His will? Well, yes, it is. But, the thing we are doing instead, is holding off on doing it. I’ll add a “read more” section now, so that I don’t take over your dashboard.
— Francis Chan, Forgotten God
— C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
— Ephesians 1:17-19 (HCSB)
Lately, when I look up a bible verse I’ve been looking at how it is worded in the New King James Version. I tend to take that version the most seriously, as I feel it has the most accurate translation. Sometimes, however, I decide to look at verses in other versions, usually it’s just NIV and NKJV, but every now and then I look at the NLT, because every so often, they word something in such a way that I just like better. And that would be the case today with James 4:8.
Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. - James 4:8 (NLT)
The wording that is different is that last little bit. The NIV and NKJV both say, “purify your hearts, you double-minded.” But I want to focus on that last part today. “For your loyalty is divided between God and the world.”
This verse is particularly fitting for today as the message at the Vineyard this morning was about how we need to let go of our need for security and survival. Do we really trust Jesus when he says that he’s got full life for us? Or do we feel that he’s holding out on us? What are we putting our stock in? What do we treasure?
Matthew 6:21 says,
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.”
Now, Jesus never says that earthly treasures are bad, but our material possessions should never be our treasures. Why? If our treasures are in things of this earth, then they have the threat of becoming lost, stolen, broken, tarnished… but our treasure is Jesus and the love of God can never be taken away from us, broken, tarnished, and even if we feel we’ve lost it, we have not.
I lost my train of thought when I was typing this just now, so I suppose I’ll just post what I have.