|By Sara Blasko, Children’s Ministry Director|
Do you ever start out with great intentions and then fail miserably? Well, welcome to my world lol. There are so many things in my life that could apply to this. I will do research on a diet. I will plan the meals, do the shopping, plan workouts, etc…I will do ok for a couple of days and then WHAM! life happens and I get off course. Before you know it, I’m in the Burger King drive-thru, with dinner plans out the window. Will I reach my goal of losing weight if my actions don’t follow my intentions?
As Christians, we can’t say we are going to do one thing and then do the complete opposite, and expect our eternal reward. James 2:10 says, “For whoever keeps the law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” Later on in verses 12 and 13 it talks about judging with mercy. If we do not show mercy to others no mercy will be shown to us on judgment day. We can’t hide our sins from God.
Psalm 69:5 says, “O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden fom you”.
I am so thankful for God’s mercy and love. But I need to live my life for him. I recently read one of Paul’s letters to the church in Philippi. It says “For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.” Phil 3:18-20
I want to finish my life here on earth well. I want it to be different than all of those good-intentioned plans I’ve had for other areas in my life. I want to declare that being a Republican, Democrat, American, LBGTQ, Pro-Life, BLM, Rotary member, or any other label you can put on should be unimportant. We should all be proud members of the body of Christ. Nothing else matters.