2002-10-18 - Use It!
1 Peter 2:1-2 (NASB) Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.
My watch is the most "perfect" watch I have ever had. It simply doesn't lose time at all, or only to such a negligible amount that it's invisible, over a period of 2 1/2 years. Also, it's simple, beautiful, dainty - everything I wanted in a watch. In fact, I liked it so much that I was concerned that if I "wore it out," I wouldn't be able to find a replacement that would live up to this special watch. So I decided to use it sparingly, for church and special occasions. But one day, I noticed something alarming. My watch, for the first time ever, was five minutes slow. It turns out that this watch "wants to be worn." In order to be effective, it must be used regularly.
The same holds true for our Christian faith. We come to believe in Christ as Savior, or perhaps we have always known He is our Savior, and we can't "put a finger" on the exact moment we knew. Regardless, we do have a basic core of Christian faith. But is our faith like a "nicknack" on the fireplace which is never used practically?
Are you closer to God than you were five years ago? Do you have a firm grasp of basic doctrine, and are you "going deeper" in your study and knowledge of the Bible?
When you need to make a decision, what is your knee-jerk reaction? Wise and candid friends and family members are true blessings, to be appreciated and consulted! But you should also consider what the Bible has to say, and prayer should be as natural as breathing.
What does your checkbook reflect about your priorities? Are you putting "feet" on your faith by giving to God's work? Or are all your expenses related to Earthly concerns?
When you make decisions about how you use your time, do you factor in what God thinks of the movie, CD, book, television show, restaurant or bar? Is the dress modest, as a godly woman should dress?
Are you making noticeable progress in your faith growth? Does your faith make a difference in your everyday life? If your answer to either of these is "no," I encourage you to ask God to help you take your faith off the mantel, dust it off and put it to use! Our faith shouldn't be segregated from our everyday life; it should flavor everything we do and say.