House of Sand

You must be doers of the word and not only hearers who mislead themselves. Those who hear but don’t do the word are like those who look at their faces in a mirror. They look at themselves, walk away, and immediately forget what they were like. But there are those who study the perfect law, the law of freedom, and continue to do it. They don’t listen and then forget, but they put it into practice in their lives. They will be blessed in whatever they do. ~James 1:22-25 (CEB)

“’But I do not know how to awake and arise!’ I will tell you. Get up, and do something the Master tells you; so make yourself his disciple at once. Instead of asking yourself whether you believe or not, ask yourself whether you have this day done one thing because he said, Do it, or once abstained because he said, Do not do it. It is simply absurd to say you believe, or even want to believe in him, if you do not anything he tells you. If you can think of nothing he ever said as having had an atom of influence on your doing or not doing, you have too good ground to consider yourself no disciple of his.

But you can begin at once to be a disciple of the Living One- by obeying him in the first thing you can think of in which you are not obeying him. We must learn to obey him in everything, and so much begin somewhere. Let it be at once, and in the very next thing that lies at the door of our conscience! Oh fools and slow of heart, if you think of nothing but Christ, and do not set yourselves to do his words! You build your house of sand.” ~From Creations in Christ by George MacDonald

It isn’t that scriptures are too hard for me to understand, it is that sometimes it is hard to live out the scriptures I read. But there is a moment when I do make the sacrifice where I often find that the blessings I receive far outweigh anything I have done without. When I have been pushed out of my comfort zones to follow God’s will for my life I find a wealth of community that I would not have had if I had remained in my seclusion. As God stretches and molds me I have to remember that ultimately He is working all things not just to fulfill His plans for the Kingdom but also for my good.

Heavenly Father I thank You for stretching and molding me into more than I could ever be on my own. Continue to mold me in Christ’s image… give me the strength to just to the next right thing. Amen.

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