“I didn’t lie to anyone today; I didn’t hurt anyone today; I did a good deed for someone”.
ALL of these are great things. We should always strive to do those things.
But is that enough? Does doing these things keep us free from sin? Keep us on the right path?
Sin is missing the mark. How can I be missing the mark if I am doing good things?
“If you fail to do what you know is right, you are sinning” James 4:17.
As Christians we know we should be seeking Jesus on a daily basis. But then “life” happens.
-The babies wake up earlier than expected and are now cranky
-Someone in the family is sick
-Woke up late for work
-Got caught up working on a project
Putting anything before Jesus, is a sin. He is a jealous God and does not accept any idols before Him. I know we don’t mean to, but sometimes we loose our focus. “Let me play one more game of Candy Crush before I read my bible”, “It’s okay if I stay on Pinterest a little longer before I pray”, “Let me stay in bed just a little longer before I get up”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking any of these, (I love Pinterest!), but everything needs to be in moderation, in there respective place, and never higher than God.
When we realize that we have put Jesus on the back burner, I find I do this often, we shouldn’t condemn ourselves. Take a few minutes to repent and ask for guidance, to help stay on track, and to keep your focus on Him.
No matter how many steps we take back, Jesus is only ONE step forward.
Every minute is a new minute to start again. We don’t have to wait until tomorrow to “make things right”.
I feel like a “backslider” a lot during the week because I know to (and want to) pray everyday, and to read my bible more, but most days I let time slip away from me and then I realize it is now bedtime.
Life can get very busy, and our minds can have so many thoughts running through them that we forget to put Jesus first. (A lot of the time it is our own fault that we are too busy, remember His burden is light, and his yoke is easy.) But if we could start our days just a few minutes earlier, so we can set our focus on Jesus, then our days will go smoother.
Notice I didn’t say easier, but smoother. That person driving REALLY slow in front of you, instead of getting road rage, you will know that there is a reason that God is holding you up. Your child has a meltdown; you will now be able to handle the situation with grace and love, instead of anger and yelling.
Lord when I start to put things before you instead of giving you my attention, show me! Help me to always remember to seek you first above all things and to ask for forgiveness when I realize I am wrong. I want to always keep you on the forefronts of my heart and mind. In Jesus’ name!