Borrowed Truths

Deceiving Yourself

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Borrowed Truths

Deceiving Yourself

Many Christians are lackadaisical in their service to the Lord, they are concerned with making sure the alarm clock is set for the next day if they are employed, with their sports teams, what is on the television that night or if their favorite social media site has posted a new item. “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” (Matt. 15:8)

I challenge anyone reading this to count the minutes you spend in the Word of God or even other books that have been written meant to extol His Holy name, and the hours of the month you spend on other ventures. I doubt you will though, for few would modify their habits in this area, but would simply deal with the shame they would momentarily feel, and then go right back in a very short time to serving self. “God will forgive me when that day comes, He knows I love Him.” For your sake, and your eternal soul’s sake, I truly hope so.

What is important to us is what we spend time on, and for many who believe they bear the name Christian, that is not the Lord of glory, their lives prove this fact. If they are still employed, their life is ruled by the pursuit of money, no matter how much of it they have, or do not have.

I knew a man years ago, wicked, lost, but a friend to many who when he reached what is commonly known as retirement age, decided to keep working, in the world. He has the financial wherewithal not to need to, but his life is controlled by the need to keep busy, to always be doing something. Not one part of what he does has any eternal value whatsoever. Idle hands, my friends, are not the tool of the devil, busy hands are.

Those minutes you may spend in the Word of God each month, are you expecting a reward for them? Do you expect the smiling face of God to shine down upon you because you occasionally studied His will for your life, are you expecting anything from Him because you woke up each morning, five or six days a week to go earn money, because you kept up on the news of the day, because you were a good steward of the things you have been blessed with? Lackadaisical is a polite way to say a lazy, unprofitable servant who spent their life on themselves, and not on the pursuit of the face of God, who found security in the world, who was always in a hurry to get to work, but not for the Lord.

“Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” (Matt. 24:46) The workday is done, the chores are completed, time to rest, relax, and prepare to do it all again tomorrow. “When I read it makes me tired, besides, God knows I love Him.” Many of the people who call themselves Christians are not saved, but they like to think they are. “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matt. 7:14)

They may like to think they can see the gate, and are heading towards it, but they are not. “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” (Rev. 20:12)

How many minutes or perhaps even hours out of the entirety of your life has been spent on the pursuit of God, do you believe you are saved because you think about Him occasionally? Works, deeds, words spoken, actions accomplished, these are the traits of the one who has been crucified with Christ, these are those who will not just walk through that gate, but will be invited in.

If you are hoping that the Almighty is going to give you “a pass,” is going to let you into His Kingdom because you felt saved, think again.

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” (Matt. 7:22) Not some, not just a few, many.

I have offered you truth in wisdom as given to me by the Lord, you don’t need to concern yourself with it though, those bad feelings will pass soon enough, and then you can get back to deceiving yourself.

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