by Dwight Hill, ‘Facts of the Matter, Daily Devotions for the Marketplace’
Let’s admit it!
Basically we are rebels at heart! We want to do our own thing. It’s called “The Frank Sinatra Syndrome”. And in our rebellion, we disallow God’s word to penetrate and thus, transform our lives.
Here are five reasons why we do it:
- Ignorance – The litmus test of our love for Christ is John 14. 21. Nothing more. Nothing less. “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.“ You cannot obey what you do not know. Let me ask you, “Do you have the Scriptures?” Or better yet, “Do the Scriptures have you?” (See Ezra 7.10)
- Cherry-picking the Scriptures – That is we select what we like while avoiding difficult truths that focus on servanthood, suffering for the Gospel, holiness of life, etc. We love to hear about Peter’s deliverance from prison, but shy away from the idea that John the Baptist’s faith cost him his head (Acts 12. 1-17; Mark 6. 16-29) By way of contrast, Paul was careful to give the Ephesians the whole counsel (purpose) of God (Acts 20.27)(Compare Hebrews 11. 1-35a with 11. 35b-40).
- Forgetful – We look into the mirror of the Word, note the needed changes, and tend to walk away, forgetting to make the application. The consequence? Self-deception. (James 1. 22-25) Jesus pointed out that “the world’s worries and the taste of wealth and the passions for other interests” distract us from applying the Word the God to our lives (Mark 4. 19 and Deut. 8. 11, 14, 19)
- Vacillating – Peter instructs us that the “unstable” (vacillating) distort the Scriptures “to their own destruction.” (2 Peter 3.16b) In Jesus’ “Parable of the Sower”, the believer begins to apply God’s word to his life, but then incurs “trouble or persecution”. And because of his shallow roots, he vacillates and falls away (Mark 4. 16, 17).
- Distorting – In our ignorance or instability, we (literally) “torture, twist, wrench, or pervert” the word of God rather than face up to its exact meaning. The consequences? Our “destruction”. (2 Peter 3. 16 — See 2 Peter 2. 1; 2 Corinthians 4. 2)
Question: Are there changes you need to make now, to ensure the fact that when you face Him, you will stand unashamed? (2 Corinthians 5. 9-11).