Convicted

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One of my favorite songs is Lose My Soul by Toby Mac. Some of the lyrics are below:

Father God, I am clay in your hands,
Help me to stay that way through all life’s demands,
‘Cause they chip and they nag and they pull at me,
And every little thing I make up my mind to be,
. . . .
Everything that I see draws me,
Though it’s only in You that I can truly see that its a feast for the eyes- a low blow to purpose.
And I’m a little kid at a three ring circus.
. . . .
I don’t want to gain the whole world, and lose my soul,
Don’t wanna walk away, let me hear the people say.
I don’t want to gain the whole world, and lose my soul,
Don’t wanna walk away, let me hear the people say.

That song is based on Mark 8:36. It says,
“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?”

In this self absorbed and wicked world we live in there are many other things to attract our attention away from God. If we don’t take a proactive approach to studying God’s Word, seeking him daily in prayer and growing our relationship with Him we may gain the whole world, but as the scripture says – we will forfeit our soul.

I walked around for years calling myself a Christian not realizing that I was nothing more than a casual Christian – a hypocrite, really. I shutter to think of all the things I said and did during this time. I am sure my actions did NOTHING to bring others to know Christ. It took me many years to realize that what I had was religion – not a relationship.

It is a relationship with Christ that makes us Christians. When that is in place, we can’t help but start living in a way that is more pleasing to Him. Through this relationship He is able to keep us aware of His will and purpose for us so that we can bear fruit in His name. John 15:4

Thank goodness God isn’t looking for perfect because I am far from perfect in my relationship with Him, but I am seeking Him in many ways through His word and prayer that I know will change my life. I pray each day that I can live in a way that pleases God and will inspire others to come to know Him intimately.

Our pastor asked us a question a few weeks ago that I have thought about ever since.
If you were arrested and convicted of being a Christ follower, would there be enough evidence to prove it?

I pray for all of us that the judge would throw down his gavel and say, “Guilty!”

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