MICHAEL’S MONDAY MEDITATIONS
SIN — A FALLING SHORT
Friends, I believe we have been placed on this earth to glorify God, our Creator. And whenever we fail to do this, we sin. Some may think of sin as deliberate, open rebellion against God, for instance, purposefully thumbing your nose at any of the Ten Commandments. And yes, sometimes, sin is just that. But more often than not, it is sins of omission, when we fail to seek the will of God first in our lives rather than how in any given moment we can bring glory to His name.
Consider Jesus. Jesus lived his entire life without sin, always seeking how He may please the Father and to do His will. Jesus did this in each and every moment of His life, and included the Father in each and every decision He ever made, from the time when His role was to learn and teach as a child or when He went to Calvary’s cross to yield up His life. Jesus, in all He ever said or did, never fell short of the glory of God.
Oh how each of us need to tap into this awareness about ourselves today. Oh, we live in such a world of distraction, so many events, life goals, objects to distract us. I surely believe even Jesus would have had a difficult time navigating through life today — and He is God! There is so much we must say “no!” to if we are to walk spiritually and in relationship with Him. Conversely, there is much we must say “yes!” to as well, sensitive to the promptings of Holy Spirit as we negotiate our way through this life.
Lord Jesus, I pray you would help me to cast aside the things of this world, and to correctly identify what is of this world vs. what you would have us embrace, and seek you FIRST in each and every moment I live. I pray my brothers and sisters in Christ would also ask this same thing in prayer. Jesus, help us to live as you did in our daily walk and to fully understand your words as stated in Luke 9:23, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me,” and in Matthew 10:39, “Whoever finds their life will lose it and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” Let this scripture fully envelop and saturate our minds so that we may act on your leading in our lives, Jesus. Lord, i ask you forgive my sin and my myopic vision and replace it with your love and beauty and with your will being done here on earth as it is in heaven. You are in the process of equipping each one of us who seeks this so that we might carry out your mission here on earth of making disciples and bringing the lost into your kingdom. May I, may we, have the proper focus on the things that matter (eternal implications) and may we spend much less time and energy on the things of this world that don’t really matter (worldly, temporal things). Thank you Jesus for hearing our prayer and you know the desires of our hearts.