2003-01-28 - Where Do I Live?
2 Peter 3:10-12 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, on account of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!
I know I have been in trouble from many of you for this before, but I do still find the MTV Osbourne's show funny. I am not saying it is wholesome, but it can be funny. I am going somewhere with this so please don't give up on me. In a show I saw last week, Ozzy, the so called Prince of Darkness, who clearly loves his wife and dotes on her, wanted to surprise her with a campfire on the beach (She has cancer -- but a husband should always look to do something nice for his wife, and he seems to have that down). He needed a permit to build the fire on the beach. He goes to get one with one of his drivers and the fire chief asks him his address. He looks up and replies, asking his driver, "Where do I live?"
Now I don't want to come down too hard on Ozzy. I almost feel like him in many ways. On Sunday, I was reviewing phone numbers, codes and such with a staff member where I work, and it turned out he had them all wrong. So we went over codes, I gave him my cell phone number, and then he asked me what my home number was. I looked up at him, thought for a second, and replied, "I haven't a clue. We will have to look it up." I can't claim to be a genius either.
Anyway, my question to you is the same one Ozzy asked. Where do you live? Where is your true home? And you know where I am going with this. I am asking you if you live for earth or have a mindset that is heavenlyminded? It makes all the difference in the world as to how you live your life. I will make it simple. To live in earthiness is to live for self, but to live for heaven is to live for Christ.
Don't get me wrong. We are not to forsake our earthly duties, needs and go live in a cave. But our focus, our center, is to be on Christ. It is funny, maybe sad, that we all know this, and yet, we all still struggle with it. I have a personal rule which is very simple. If you know truth and are still struggling to live it, you have hope. It is when you know what to do and have given up on struggling to live faithfully that there is a real problem.
We could go on here today, but that is enough for me to think about so let's end it here.
Soli Deo Gloria,