Last Sunday was Mother’s Day. My own dear mother went home to be with The Lord ten years ago and I still miss her. She was the best Christian role model I have ever known and one of the most gentle souls God ever created. I adored my mom, I loved my mom, I would do anything for my mom…well, almost anything. You see, one of the things she taught me was the second commandment which told me NOT to WORSHIP my mom (or anything else but God). No matter how much we may cherish, respect, adore, or honor someone or something, NOTHING should be higher in our adoration than God.
Most Christians say they don’t worship anything but God, but their actions often bely their words. It is a simple test to determine where your highest allegiances lie: With whom or what do you spend most of your time, energy, and money. For instance, take a look at your checkbook and determine how much money you spent last year on recreation versus funding Christian ministries. How many hours did you spend hunting, fishing, watching TV or surfing the internet versus time spent in church, Bible study, or engaged in active ministry? Wherever your time and money are found will tell you where you priorities are. Which brings us back to our question, What is your greatest desire? Whatever is most important to you is where you will spend your time and money.
No, you don’t need to give up all your hobbies and recreation or liquidate all your assets and give the money to the poor (unless you happen to be the rich young ruler), you simply need to focus your life on Him Who provided it to you. Galatians 2:20 says I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Who or what are you living for? Is it someone or something which could be gone tomorrow or is it The Eternal Living Lord who is earnestly seeking your eternal well-being? Food for thought.