Every Sunday morning, Karen went through this same routineóchurch reminded her of how important it is to live in a way that pleases God, but the rest of the week she just didnít live with much conviction. Each Sunday morning, she faced the ugly truth that her only real concern during the week was herself.
[LINK] Even as a follower of Christ, if you lose focus on what you truly live for, you can find yourself stuck in a pile of your own muck. David knew firsthand the cost of choosing anything else over God.
As David became comfortable as king and accustomed to having anything he wanted, he abandoned his purpose and instead focused on his own desires. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, ďIsnít this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?Ē Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her (2 Samuel 11:2-4).
And that was only the beginning of Davidís muck. Read 2 Samuel 11Ė12.
[THINK] Sin has a way of feeding on itself. Let a little bit of it in your life and before you know it, itís grown into a serious problem. Or maybe you donít feel like thereís a particular sin you struggle with, but rather your day-to-day life continually falls short of Godís best for you. You donít make the most of each day, laziness is always appealing, you donít love people the way you should, and you live selfishly, etc. How many of us can echo with Paulís words in Romans 7:15: I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
As Christians, weíre no longer controlled by our sinful desires (Romans 8:2), but sometimes we still find ourselves tempted by the remnants of life apart from Godóeither living in sin or living in a way thatís not developing
us into who we really want to become. We know what we want to beówhat we ought to be passionate aboutóbut we donít do what it takes to get there. Weíre stuck.
[LIVE] The fact is, the desire to live sinfully and selfishly can only be truly defeated by a stronger desire for God. When your passion for God is weak, sin becomes more and more enticing. If you feel like your fire for God is gone and you really want it back, be encouraged by the fact that you desire to recover your lost passion and conviction. Thatís a step toward getting unstuck.
As simple as this sounds, draw near to God and Heíll draw near to you. Scripture tells us: The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him sincerely (Psalm 145:18). Thatís the answer to turning smoldering ashes of passion for God into a raging fire. In God dwells all passion and life. Spend some time with Him and itíll eventually rub off on you.
Ask God: Point out anything in me that offends you (Psalm 139:24 NLT). David prayed that prayer and God answered. Read Psalm 51.
[NXT LVL] Read Psalm 19.
Reprinted with permission from YouthWalk magazine, © 2005 Walk Thru the Bible, Inc. To learn more about YouthWalk, visit www.youthwalk.org.