Friday, January 27, 2012

You Are Currently Engaged in Dangerous Activity

Philippians 3:12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. 15 Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things.

Don't think you are engaged in dangerous activity?  Oh yes, you are!  Chances are you are reading this on some computer screen or mobile device.  Even if you are sitting in a chair in your office or home, this activity can be quite hazardous.  I know that in comparison to your stove, or knife set or power tools in the garage, your computer seems pretty safe.  But think again. 

More and more of us are spending more and more time online cruising around facebook, twitter, our favorite blogs and news sites, youtube, etc.  All of the virtual activity comes at a price.  It's not just carpal tunnel syndrome or weight gain from inactivity.  It's the loss of the life God intended you to live. 

It's the relationships that never get started, the dreams that don't get pursued, the prayers that do not get prayed, the conversations that never take place, the journeys that never get taken, the goals that are never achieved.  It is the hungry that never get fed, the naked that are never clothed, the sick that are never cared for, the prisoner that is never visited, the homeless that are never taken in, the single mother that is never befriended, the orphan that is never given a home, the alien that is never welcomed.  It is the example of self-less service to others we must set for our kids that they never see.

It is the bold adventure with God that Jesus came to empower us to live that never gets lived out in us.  To live apart from this adventure - no matter what keeps you from it -  is far more dangerous to the health of your soul than most of us ever realize or imagine.

So let's keep this short today.  May you get up, get out and start living!  And be encouraged!

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