“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
We constantly deceive ourselves when we use the Word to start philosophical discourse and then continue to produce fruits of anger, selfishness, and pride in our lives. I’m guilty of thinking that I am keeping God’s commandments and then actually looking at my life and realizing I haven’t applied what I read at all!
The perfect example of this is what I like to call the pre-church, pack-in, debacle. It’s ten o’clock on a Sunday, and your family is getting ready to go to church. Worship music plays as Mom yells for everyone to hurry up and eat so they can pack up the car and not miss worship (again). Siblings run out and spend ten minutes fighting over who has to sit in the back of the car. Mom intervenes and threatens a consequence for any bad attitudes. Finally, you lock up hop in the vehicle, which is already in motion.
On the way, you hit traffic. Sunday traffic only occurs when your family is running late, of course. Dad tries taking a shortcut which Mom opposes vehemently. The parents bicker while the child in the back complains that they’re hot. Chaos erupts in the car until dad pulls into the church parking lot. Mom turns to give one final glare at the kids to keep them in line for the next ten minutes. Suddenly, as the family steps through the doors of the church, everything changes. Mom is stopping to smile and chat with passersby, Dad leads the kids to Sunday school, and the kids miraculously walk into class like precious little angels.
Like Cinderella at midnight, this perfect picture shatters at the stroke of twelve. Back in the car, the family argues about lunch. The kids are hangry and want to eat anything but what’s left at home. It’s as though going to church and hearing the Word served as a brief interlude in their argument and did nothing to change their hearts.
"Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some person ever reads." - William J. Toms
LORD, thank you for your Word. Thank you for sanctifying me through your Holy Spirit daily! No good that comes out of me is from me; it’s all because of you. Please forgive me for believing the lies that I can live however I want apart from your will. Please help me to surrender myself to you continually.