Tuesday, October 6, 2009

NTC Day 16: Mark 3-4, Romans 16

“Lord, lead me not into temptation . . . but keep it close enough to keep things interesting.”

That has become the motto for many Christians. We’ve bought into the idea that God offers the best plan for eternity, but that it’s kind of lacking for this life. We try to play both sides to get the “fun” of this life while avoiding fire, brimstone, gnashing teeth, and worms in the afterlife.

Satan has us buying a lie. Jesus came to offer life that is full and abundant. Not just in the hereafter, but right now. Today.

We need to immerse ourselves in the life of God and see that He is the only thing that is truly fulfilling. Paul is encouraging us to do just that:

“. . . I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.” - Romans 16:19

We can accomplish that by focusing on Jesus. Pursue Him and you will find that He is far better than anything else. He is more than enough; there’s no reason to seek any other. We read this yesterday:

Romans 13:14 – “Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”

This cartoon illustrates the idea perfectly. Check it out:


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