We crowd our lives with so many good things that it becomes easy to miss that all the good things in the world are worth nothing in comparison to Jesus. In our efforts to live a Godly life, we become consumed with the busyness of our culture while wrapping it in a pleasant “Christian” covering. We head up committees at church, volunteer whenever possible, pray and read the Bible. If we are financially able, we send our children to private Christian schools, thereby securing a future for them where they too can be obsessed with the busyness of acting out their religion. In the Western culture, we have so many resources available to us and so many opportunities to serve that the noise of our efforts often drowns out the very mission for which we purport to be engaging. I encourage you to look again at the life of Christ; He was not a man dominated by busyness. He walked from place to place, often took time to get alone to simply pray and think, and always had time for those in need. Though it may have been short, His was not a rushed life. By all appearances, it does not seem that Jesus tried to fill every available moment of His time in the name of religion. Instead He chose the better way of simply obeying His Father and carrying out His mission on earth.
Satan is a master of taking good things and twisting them into something that actually pushes us away from God. Volunteering our time for worthwhile activities should always be a good thing, yet if we are neglecting time alone with God or if our volunteer time is not done with the focus on the love of Jesus, then we have allowed Satan to twist our generosity into something that pleases him. Whenever we are not actively involved in true Kingdom service, Satan is pleased; he is happy to let us coast along in this direction because we are doing him no harm. The longer we drift in this manner, the more difficult it is to see the problem with it, and the harder it becomes to turn around. This is why it is so important to constantly monitor our walk. Are we doing something that looks like Jesus in this moment? Now how about this moment? Every second of every day we are constantly making choices to either follow Him or to turn another way. As long as we are focused on the things Jesus did rather than on what we think we should be doing, we will be fine. The moments we glance to the side are the moments for which Satan waits. He is constantly trying to catch our eye with the shiny objects of this world (a new car, a bigger church building, a new ministry, etc.). All things can be used for the glory of God or for the glory of ourselves. We must be diligent when considering our choices.
There is nothing, absolutely nothing, in this world that can even remotely compare to the love of Jesus Christ. Why do we so often accept the petty treasures of this life in lieu of the eternal and matchless abundance of God? How long will we continue in this self deception and delusion? Jesus gave His life for us, even though we are an evil and unrepentant people. He loved us with such grace that He continues to see us as what He created us to be rather than what we have allowed ourselves to become. All He asks in return is our devotion to Him. We owe Him that and more. He alone can save us from ourselves and from the very forces of evil. God is our treasure, Heaven is our reward, and Christ is our salvation. We must once and for all cast aside everything to which we hold dear and instead cling only to the matchless glory of Jesus Christ. Everything else pales in comparison to the beauty and the love of the Holy Son of God. Don’t settle for the shiny trinkets of this world. Instead, let us devote ourselves to reach for the hands of the eternal King, the lover and healer of our souls.