“Satan doesn’t walk around with a pitchfork but instead disguises himself as everything you have ever wanted.” I ran across this quote in my notes this morning. I’m not sure where it came from, I doubt it was original to me.
As we enter a new year, beware of things in your life that numb you and distract you from God’s best. Anything that you spend more time and effort seeking, than God, will become an idol in your life. So as you make New Year Resolutions and annual goals, remember to set apart TIME to nourish your soul. God does not want our left overs and He does not want to be second best. Anything that captures our time and attention can easily take the place of God in our lives. If we desire to be Godly, we must pursue Godliness. Just as someone who desires to get into shape physically must exercise and diet, those of us who desire to get into shape spiritually must eat a steady diet of God’s Word, restrain from mental junk food and exercise Godly habits.
For those of us in Christian service, God does not want to be second to our service for Him. Ministering to others and working “for” Him are not substitutes for spending time in His presence, learning from His Word and improving our relationship with Him.
As we begin a new year, let us choose to spend our time seeking God rather than earthly pleasures. Instead of spending our time, efforts and money on things which distract us from The Lord or only serve to make us numb to Him, let us run toward Him. Choosing to actively pursue a closer and healthy relationship with our Creator is one New Year’s Resolution we will never regret.