“He is before all things and in Him all things hold together.”
“For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in Him but also suffer for His sake…”
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”
The world we live in grows more and more hostile toward the things of God. Let us ask for wisdom. Let us ask for resolve to stand strong and not compromise and not be blown about by the reasoning of the world. To stand on anything/anyone other than Christ is to stand on shifting stand. I know I am prone to wander, prone to be swayed, prone to give in to peer pressure and fear of man, yet the verse above talks about faith. Ask for wisdom in faith that God will give it. So in faith I say that God will make me wise. In faith I say that on His solid foundation, His solid rock I will stand. In faith I say that I welcome persecution, I welcome misunderstanding, I welcome the assumptions of others when I make decisions or stand for things based on reasoning and principles they do not understand.
Yes, the world and its values are walking further and further away from God and I can feel it. I see it around me. I feel the tug to give in and doubt and compromise in the flesh part of my heart. So in faith, I call out “Lord, I lack wisdom! I need Your wisdom. I need Your mind. I need Your heart.” And in faith, I know He will answer me.
“But most deeply the way the Bible equips us for every good work is by changing what we find satisfaction in so that our obedience comes from within freely, not by coercion from without. It does this when we read it and meditate on it and memorize it and meditate over it every day.”
“…what God says to us will be more useful than what anyone else in the universe has to say. Not to sit at His feet and soak our minds in His wisdom is sheer craziness if not suicidal.”
“Sheer craziness…” I love that. Lord, help me live my convictions!!
What is the value of the truth if it doesn’t change us?
“We will never regret spending our lives on Jesus.”
I’m not sure where I heard that, and it certainly sounds like a very PJason thing, but I’m sure there are many variations floating around.
I’ll say it again, we will NEVER regret spending our lives on Jesus.
In fact, in every season, my regret is actually always “I wish I had spent MORE of my life on Jesus.”
High school: I wish I had used my young, spry brain to memorize more Scripture. I wish I had used all the time I had with non-Christians to share with them about Christ. I wish I had never started down certain sin paths.
College: I wish I had used my time better. I wish I had spent copious amounts of time in the Word, in prayer, in cultivating a practice of listening God’s voice. I wish I hadn’t given myself up so easily to the idol of relationships. I wish I hadn’t made so many poor choices in said relationship. I wish I had given myself EVEN MORE to the Lord and to His church. I wish I had poured myself into living for Christ.
Zii: I wish I hadn’t been so focused on not wanting to be there. I wish I hadn’t been so worried about people liking me to the point where I was pretty paralyzed and lacking in love and boldness to share about Jesus. I wish I hadn’t cared so much about being cool or relevant. I wish I had worked harder to be a shining example of Christ. I wish I hadn’t been so easily annoyed at small things, seeing people as inconveniences. I wish I had been more intentional about my relationships.
The list could go on and on and on.
But I write all these things not to condemn and to feel bad (in fact, miraculously I feel GRACE… soooo much GRACE! PTL!!) I write these thing to remind myself that I will never regret going hard after Jesus. I will never regret shunning the things of this world for Him. I will never regret being sold-out. I will never regret looking like a fanatic. I will never regret giving up other things (things that are sin and also things that are not) for more of Him.
As I/we hurdle toward the end times or to the time when God calls me home, that no regret, “YOLO for Jesus” feeling increases (by the grace of God!). We get one life to live. And yes, we could just spend it all on our own pursuits, our own pleasures, and God is gracious and indeed He will still let us into Heaven if we truly do know Him. However certainly at the very end, when I stand before the Lord, and the works of my life pass through His holy fire, there will be no lack of certainty that spending my life on Jesus and giving up the things of this world for Him was soooo unimaginably worth it.
Let’s keep the end in mind. Let’s live in light of eternity. Let’s build toward things that will last. Is it wisdom at all if we live for the things of this world, knowing that none will last? If we are truly wise, we will spend ourselves on the Lord, on pursuing the things that will not burn up, the things that will endure on into eternity (His people/church/Kingdom, His glory).
“Let each one take care how he builds upon it [the foundation of Christ]…. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay straw– each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”
1 Corinthians 3:10b & 12-15