God: requires the best of us…
Acts 8:3-4 (KJV) “As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. Therefore they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word”.
In this life we have plenty choices and there are many roads we can take in this life; many folks like to do things that won’t really rock the boat, just let things be cool, calm and without stress.
Some of us have belief in something and we stand steadfast without moving, not letting anything and anyone get between that which we keep our eyes upon. Then again, some of us are easily persuaded to go where ever the wind leads us, vagabond spirits if you will. If it grabs hold of our minds, spirits, we can be sold into it; but somewhere in all this decision we have to make up our minds to find the truth and let that be our guide.
Scripture tells us about the vast choices we have available to us, but cautions us to, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there-at” (Matthew 7:13 (KJV). In your mind, you have to know that you know that there is a life after death, you have to be persuaded that you want to be a part of that living.
In today’s society, living in the world, we make the choice of what life we live, where we go, what we want to accomplish; as a child of God, making a conscious effort to please Him makes you take a different path and stick to it. It is easy to develop a perverse nature and believe that all is well when if you compare to the blueprint, our life living is erroneous: who is to tell; say to that one, “don’t judge me for what I am doing” or “why are you judging me”. The most defensive words used to get someone off our backs for observing our lives.
But in today’s reading, we see two major and life changing choices made by individuals: one who thought he was doing the right thing and he carefully orchestrated the means and wherewithal to accomplish what he believed in with zeal and fervor; that which he did, was done well.
In the alternate, there were those being persecuted who despite these attempt at circumventing their freedom, were determine to stand for right and ultimately we see that the right fought for them.
So today, keeping in mind that Jesus spoke thus and said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6); consider where you are going, what path you are taking; look at whether it is filled with self indulgence of zeal, but lack of knowledge or whether it is laced with truth and the dictate to allow the truth to set you free; who have you set before your eyes and the gates you enter are they broad or do you have to squeeze yourself through them?
Choices, choices and questions, but oh so necessary; do you castigate others and tell them that they are judging you when no such intent is presented, just to justify your actions.
Beloved it might appear to be right, but you judge yourself, stop flinching and don’t be shy “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves….” (2 Corinthians 13:5) hmmmm, more choices; where will this take us? Don’t worry, I am searching myself even as I write and shhh, I found a couple spots to iron….
New trivia: a king fasted for one of God’s beloved sons; who are these two individuals?