Deuteronomy 32:15 “But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.”
Much has been said about being mindful.
Mindfulness as a meditation to be more self-aware is not what I am talking about.
We often go about our lives that we seemingly push on with no sense of purpose or direction. We follow the masses as they drove on through their day, grasping for the brass ring as it goes by.
Some of God’s children have taken their foot off of the gas pedal of their life and are coasting through life desiring ease, comfort, and pleasure. Others are busy with the temporal and neglecting the eternal.
When we are mindful of who we are in Jesus Christ and what He desires for us to do while we remain here on earth, we can refocus our efforts to think, say, and do that which pleases our Heavenly Father.
All too often, we fall into the same rut that the Israelites did so long ago. They began to serve other gods.
Deuteronomy 32:16 “They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.”
We may not build altars to worship other gods, but if we look closely at the time we spend throughout our day and what activity takes up that time, we can quantify clearly at which altar we bow.
It is given that we need to work to live. But, it should not be said of any child of God that we live to work.
In this technology-driven age in which we live, we need to look at our screen time and what activity takes up the most time. Figures never lie.
For some, it may be perusing the news feeds. Others might be gaming far more than we ought. Still, others might be checking the financial apps and our balances far more than is necessary.
We can justify it all in our minds that it is harmless and cannot take us into “deep sin.” Indeed, we are not like the addict, the adulterer, the guy gazing at pornography, right? By now, many know that comparison is an unwise practice seeking to hide our own sinful choices.
But as I muse further here today, I personally want to take time to shut off, shut down, and drink in this weekend’s events. Maybe my religious upbringing causes me to think Friday of Easter week is a solemn day.
But what child of God couldn’t use a good dose of time set aside to meditate on the death of Jesus, what He suffered for us, and His ultimate act of love to redeem sinful man. Israel became comfortable with the idea that God was there taking care of them. In doing so, they began to forget.
Deuteronomy 32:18 “Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.”
Being mindful, for the child of God, means reflecting on how good God is, has been, and has promised to be in the future.
It means thinking about how many sins were washed away and forgiven.
It means reflecting on being adopted in a royal family without meeting requirements of birth, breeding, or behavior.
It means feeling wholly unworthy of the love lavished on us, knowing that that love will never diminish based upon our behavior.
It means going forth to do what we are commanded, knowing we are totally unqualified, yet empowered to do so by God doing it through us.
It means I am victorious in battle against an unseen enemy, wholly relying on the power that flows through me.
It means we have a direct line of communication with the Creator of the universe. We can come with our problems to talk through and process what we cannot understand or comprehend.
It means a calm assurance that not only this life but my life eternally is settled… forever.
It means the ability to witness miracles all around me. From answered prayers to leading someone to trust Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, we can be a part of the miraculous every day.
We all forget.
Being mindful is to think on purpose.
Today, let us draw nigh unto God. Let us be like the apostle John who leaned on Jesus’ breast whenever he had the opportunity.
Let us be like Paul whose desire was to be more of what God wanted him to be.
Philippians 3:9-10 “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”
Paul’s desire to be conformable into the image of Jesus Christ was his goal.
How do we measure up to what God expects of us?
This weekend offers every child of God the opportunity to give someone the reason for the hope in us. It is not about some mammal with large teeth and big ears bringing eggs and candy.
It is about the God coming to earth in the form of a man to be the ultimate sacrifice to redeem sinners. Let’s not take Him for granted and let this opportunity pass us by. Let us not be silent while the world around us is waiting to hear how to get out of this trouble we’re in.
We have the answer.
Let’s share it with the world!