1 Chronicles 16:29 - Worship the Lord
in the beauty of holiness.
Reflections On Important Matters
I guess a good jumping off point would be to clearly define what constitutes matters that are important to life. There is a broad
scope of things that are considered important in life according to the world view held by the individual concerned. There are, however, only two perspectives on every issue that concerns mankind and I will base my analysis on those two views.
The first view, I would like to examine is the worldly view, or as the Bible calls it, the carnal nature. The carnal nature is that
part of all men, women and children that cares nothing for anything that is spiritual in nature unless the spiritual can be
molded and shaped to please the carnal nature within that person. The focus of this part of our being is on those things which
will bring the most comfort and pleasure to us and is always selfish in nature.
The carnal nature loves religion that has no absolutes and no dogma to force it to examine itself seriously in the light of eternity. It dotes on the sweets of religion, and hates passionately the negative side of deity - especially the judgments of God. It considers all who insist on moral standards to be deviants and misfits who want to "push" their beliefs on everyone. Strangely enough, when in excruciating pain or deep problems that seem unsolvable, these people cry out to the God that they would otherwise have nothing to do with. After God bails them out of the situation they created they once again go about their merry way forgetting Him and cursing those who love Him.
The carnal nature spends itself on material possessions, luxury, any and every form of relaxation and recreation, sexual lust, excessive consumption of alcohol and/or drugs, movies, secular music, parties, religion that is comfortable and provides a showcase for their "piety," computer games and other expensive toys that waste precious time that could be used more constructively, and everything that destroys any hope of preparing for eternal life - which, by the way, most of, if not all of
these people think they can ignore or at least put off for a later date.
The second view is totally spiritual in nature, and believes that "living in the flesh" is an abomination to God. These individuals have strong convictions that this life is not all there is and that there is life beyond the grave. They also believe that there are moral absolutes handed down to all mankind by a Holy and Omnipotent God who will hold all people accountable for their obedience to or rejection of His written and spoken commandments. These people believe themselves to be totally unworthy of God's forgiveness, and rightly so. They believe that even though they are unworthy God has forgiven them anyway through His Son Jesus Christ and saved them from eternal life in a place of punishment and suffering—a place that many people are telling one another to go to and don't believe in. Hell is not a popular subject in the church or out of it, and it is rarely spoken of in the soft preaching of this generation, but those who are truly spiritual-minded have a strong belief in its existence. Somehow these people think it is important enough to warn people not to go there, and their concern earns them the hatred of the very people they are trying to save while these same people readily applaud those who are paving the way for them to go there. The devil, who many also believe is a little creature in a red suit with horns and a pitchfork, is laughing in his sleeve at their ignorance. But of course it is nothing to worry about because those who reject God and His Son Jesus Christ and the outdated and antiquated teachings of the Bible which are not relevant to this generation certainly know for a fact that the devil isn't real either.
The spiritual person seems to be more concerned with the eternal things and not the material and carnal because they believe
that the Bible teaches them, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world; and set your affections on things
above and not on the things of the earth, for you are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God." This person honestly believes that the Bible is relevant, not only in this world but also in the world to come. They somehow find it believable that God answers prayer, and have actually prayed and gotten answers—many of them very precise and specific. As a matter of fact, many of the answers were so personalized that there was no way the answer received could fit any other circumstance. They believe that studying the Bible will help them with any circumstance in life, and that trusting in the God of the Bible will actually help them face death with confidence. They also believe that on the other side of the grave they will have love, joy and peace with God, angels and fellow believers forever.
Possessions and money and relaxation and recreation and all the other earthly comforts and pleasures seem to have little allure for these individuals, and they hold them as useful but temporal. They do not spend their lives to gain prestige and honor from men, because they would much rather have praise from God. Somehow they seem to enjoy blessing others more than they care about being blessed. They find their children to be a joy and blessing and not a burden. They are the total opposite of their carnal counterpart, and they fulfill the Word of God which declares, "You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus." Imagine! A sinner justified and exalted to such prominence, and without taking on airs of self-righteousness because they keenly feel their own unworthiness and believe with all their heart that all the honor, glory and praise belongs to Jesus who delivered them.
The Bible says: “Straight is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to eternal life and few there be that find it, but broad is the road to destruction and multitudes go in that direction.”
Are you spiritual or carnal? Can you walk with God alone if necessary or are you seeking to follow and please the crowd? Do you reject God and moral absolutes, accept God and moral attributes or refuse to believe in any of these things?
Where will you spend eternity? Before you put another purchase on your credit card, before you hit the weights, before you
step into that sauna, before you walk out onto that field, before you cook the next meal, or do any of the multitudes of other
things that fill your life, you better know the answer to these questions, not only in your head, but in your heart. To continue to ignore these vital issues is like holding a lighted stick of dynamite to see how far down the fuse will burn before it blows you up or you put it out.
None of us knows how long we will live. Today may be the first day of the rest of your life……………………………………
C. R. Lord © 2007
A FINAL WORD: James 4:13-16 - " Go to now ye that say, today or tomorrow, we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell and get gain; Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time , and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, if the Lord will, we shall do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings; all such rejoicing is evil." -- WE ARE ALL ONE SECOND AWAY FROM ETERNITY! THE WISE PREPARE WHILE THEY CAN!
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