If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift—Matthew 5:23-24
I'm thinking of all the things in life that need constant checking and redoing:
- oil levels in cars
- toilet bowls needing to be cleaned
- dust levels in house
- air pressure in tires
- food supplies in cupboard
- mowing the lawn
- gasoline in cars (no one wants to think about that lately)
- baby's diaper
- fluid intake
- getting sleep
- bills to pay
- clothing-yeah...they wear out or need washing
- diabetics need sugar levels checked
- snow shoveling in winte
- updating virus protective software
- ...now you think of one
Some direct quotes from today's devotional:
- It is dangerous to become settled and complacent in our present level of experience. The Christian life requires preparation and more preparation.
- The “go” of preparation is to allow the Word of God to examine you closely
- Do you have anything to hide from God? If you do, then let God search you with His light. If there is sin in your life, don’t just admit it— confess it.
- Never disregard a conviction that the Holy Spirit brings to you. If it is important enough for the Spirit of God to bring it to your mind, it is the very thing He is detecting in you. You were looking for some big thing to give up, while God is telling you of some tiny thing that must go.
- Behind that "tiny thing" lies the stronghold of obstinacy, and you say, “I will not give up my right to myself”— the very thing that God intends you to give up if you are to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Photo: Molly Gets a Bath, by Ginny. Flickr Creative Commons.