How far out of your way will you drive to save 5 cents per gallon on gasoline? I know some people who will spend more to get there than they will save. I’ve heard it described as spending a dollar to save a dime, or pennywise and pound foolish. If you listen to many stories, there are tales of people going to great lengths to get something they want, or pursue a love interest, or to try to do someone harm. I know of people who have spent hundreds of dollars and flown across the country just to buy a bottle of beer. If we find ourselves doing something that most people would say ‘that’s crazy’, maybe we should reevaluate our choices. When driven, people can go to great lengths to accomplish something, whether it makes sense to us or not. Do you think God feels the same way toward us sometimes?
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. Psalm 139:7-8
The world is full of passionate people, and the passions are as varied as the people. People can be obsessed with collecting things, portraying a public image of themselves, spoiling or doting on their spouse or children, following a celebrity or sports figure, etc. The list is nearly endless. Sometimes those things feel justified, as we all like to feel loved by our friends and family, but there is usually a line we can cross where things become problematic, or where other responsibilities are ignored. Are you, or have you ever been passionate about your God or your faith? We all probably try to ‘do the right thing’, most times, but can we ever be too passionate about God? We can likely cite extreme examples, but is there a point where it is too much, or are we just not passionate enough?
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
If God has pursued us to the degree He has, should we not also be devoted fully, to Him? We can all likely say we are committed to our Faith, but we can also say we could or should be doing more as well. Do we want to be seen as a ‘religious nut’, or as one really devoted to his faith, or as someone who many thought was a Christian, but were not sure? How do you think you will be seen when you are no longer here? If you want to be remembered for something, what would that be? If you haven’t ever done so, take a few minutes and write your own obituary. How we see our own death can change our life.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
Yours in Christ,