“Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:16)
Today, I was very frustrated with myself. Sometimes, it does not take a lot to distract me from what really matters. The cares of life and many other things can so easily distract us from keeping the main thing the main thing.
In the book of Timothy, Paul from a heart of love, wrote to Timothy instructing him to keep a close watch on himself and what was taught. Reading this reminded me that it is good to ask ourselves hard questions.
When we go to our family doctor for an annual checkup, they ask us a lot of questions that delve into helping them get a picture of what is going on with our physical being. Depending on the answers we give to the questions, there may be even more questions that delve even deeper into potential problems.
Most of us put importance on having a physical checkup; however, often we neglect to with the help of the Holy Spirit do a spiritual checkup on ourselves. Yet, this is exactly what Paul was asking Timothy to do.
Some questions I asked myself today were:
- What am I doing with my life?
- Am I doing only the things God asks me to do?
- Am I wasting time doing things that when I die will mean nothing because they just consume my time with no purpose?
- When I die (or when Jesus returns if that happens first), what are the things I will then look back at and wish I had done differently?
- When I die, of all the things I do on a daily basis, what ones will be important in eternity?
- What are the distractions that so easily draw me away from the peace of God that we have when we constantly abide in Him?
- What distractions take me away from spending the amount of time I should with God each day, sitting at His feet, listening, talking, reading His word?
- Is there anything in my life that is not 100% surrendered to God – in other words is there anything that stops me from obeying God or is there anything He could ask me that I would say no to?
- What sins do I struggle with? Have I asked the Holy Spirit to transform that area of my life?
- Is God my first love?
Our days on earth are numbered. Oh, how sad it will be for those who God called but the cares of life distracted them from following and obeying God. Perhaps it is not even a care that is a distraction — it could be a fear or a person or allowing frustrations and your environment to pull you away from the gentle voice that beckons you to come and follow Him. It is amazing what a distraction can be.
How sad it is that millions are dying not knowing God and so few are willing to give up their lives to rescue others.
What is even sadder is that the state of so many Christian’s hearts who sit in the pew every Sunday. They are lukewarm Christians. There is no sign of any care or compassion for the lost.
If you honestly search your heart — Do you feel God’s love for the lost? Do you care? Do you care that most of the people you see every day – people who you look into their face and eyes – will die and spend an eternity in hell with unending torment? Do you care that many of them live in hell just the way their lives are lived from day to day — they live in pain and hopelessness.
Have you had pain and suffering touch your life to where you could hardly breathe, and the only thing that let you survive was that you had God to carry you? Do you care that millions live through pain and suffering — many live in worse situations than you ever lived through; but, they have no one to turn to?
What matters in your life? What were you born for? If God grants you a few minutes to think while you are dying (you don’t instantly drop dead), what regrets will you have in how you responded to the call of God on your life? Will your life have had any purpose or was it all work, fun, pain, etc., and nothing to show for it that will last into eternity when your last earthly breath exhales from your body?
Throughout history, thousands have given their life to spread the Gospel. Today in India and most countries of the world Christians are being martyred for their faith. I heard of a pastor in India that only a couple of weeks ago was murdered because he loved Jesus. I believe he was younger than me.
Are you truly 100% surrendered to God’s will for your life? Is God the love of your life? Did He really ask us to go into all the world and preach the Gospel? What will you do with the rest of your days on earth?
While I am sitting writing this, Joel is playing the fiddle in the next room. It is like God is giving him the music that goes along with what I am writing – only Joel doesn’t know that. The song he just finished playing was “All to Jesus I Surrender”. Now he is playing,”Oh, Lord You’re Beautiful” by Keith Green. I will, because of Joel playing that song, now use it in this blog because the message of the song fits this.
Please right now pray and ask God to soften your heart and speak to you. THEN, prayerfully listen to the following video with your eyes closed and your heart and mind focused on God. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you. Choose this day that the remainder of your days will have a purpose and meaning – choose God’s way! Don’t be lukewarm!
“For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.” (1 Timothy 6:7)
“Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:21)