I wonder if you know how truly valuable you are? Unseen forces above and below haggle over your life.
This should come as no surprise. The evil one knows that if he keeps you unsettled, all your heavenly resources lie unrealized. His object is to keep your mind and emotions distracted away from Christ and thus unproductive.
Busyness, anxiety, and entertainments “draw us away in differing directions.” In fact, this is the very definition used for the word “worries” in the parable of the sower. “And the worries of the world…enter in and choke the Word, and it (the Word) becomes unfruitful” (Mark 4:19). Aren’t we constantly drawn away in different directions?
Like a restless bee seeking the next drop of nectar, our minds buzz from one diversion to the next. Unsettled and uneasy, we are seduced into thinking our racing thoughts are natural and reasonable. After all, we do not alight on that which is blatantly evil.
Yet, when we willingly allow our thoughts to be sidetracked, we climb onto a self-inflicted rack of torture. More deadly than we realize, we voluntarily submit our mind and emotions to satan’s diversions. Thus, positioning our emotions for fear and dislocating our focus into anxiety.
The evil one whispers that we have no choice. This frenzied and feverish pace is simply our lot in life. But “what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul” (Mark 8:36)? We’ve stopped fixing our eyes on the glorious image of the Divine and settled for the false image of the world (Psalm 106:20). When we excuse our diverted lifestyle, we too have “exchanged the truth of God for a lie” (Romans 1:25), for “whatever is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).
Oh my precious. Although the battle still rages against your soul, “you have been bought with a great price” (1 Corinthians 6:20). The Holy exchange has been made. “He made Him Who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Because His life is now yours, the peace of God stands ready to protect your heart and mind with a holy, military guard from all hostile invasion (Philippians 4:5-7).
The question remains: will you believe? Will you set your mind daily on things above, not the things of this world (Colossians 3:2)? Will you take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)? Will it be done to you according to your faith or according to your doubt (Matthew 9:29)?
The choice is up to you.
Glory to God and
Peace toward men.
Isn’t it funny how we spend most of our lives trying to reverse the order?
We glorify man and expect God to be at peace with our action.
We garner glory for beauty, creativity, wisdom, and skill
— all gifts given to us by heaven’s grace.
We struggle between a lack of confidence and an excess of pride;
Too little personality and too much knowledge.
Aggression, digression, oppression and depression.
In hindsight, our place in the limelight has caused little delight —
just a much increased appetite.
The only glory in our story is our return to His order.
Glory to God and
Peace toward men.
As we stand in the Light,
Reflecting light so all can see,
His Name is glorified.
His Fame is revealed.
His Flame is ignited.
And when I agree with His way,
I find that I’m filled with the peace —
That surpasses all my understanding —
Known on earth among those “with whom He is pleased.” (Luke 2:14).