Monday, February 15, 2010
This week has been a week of taking stock...carefully looking over my life with regards to my faith, my service to Christ and my motivations. I have had to look at "what" I am doing with the time in my day, "why" I am doing it; asking myself "is this of real value" or is it stealing valuable time away from the things I am supposed be doing. In essence I have been looking over the condition of the garden of my life and what I am planning to do there. Most important has been checking to see if things I am involved in or seeking to be involved in are pleasing to God and bring Him glory. The motivation behind what I am doing is key here because if the answer to this is no, I must prayerfully dig deeper with His help that the root of sin behind what I'm doing would be rooted out and truth established in that area of my life. The activities I'm involved in should keep my heart focused on loving and pleasing Him and produce the good fruit of the true Christian life of service, which are works of love done in faith.
This self examination of what I am putting into my life is a good and necessary practice for me as a Christian, just as weeding is necessary in the garden. If I do not do this examining of things in my life from time to time, my spiritual life will suffer the same as my garden does when I ignore the weeds. If I ignored completely those things I know need to be cut out of my life, the spiritual life wains and the joy in my relationship I once enjoyed with Christ will be buried beneath the thick mat of guilt or indifference by the weeds of a life lived, not to please God, but given over to the desires of my own flesh and lived in the darkness of my own understanding.
2 Corinthians 2:14
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