I went by that for awhile, carefully sharing God stories, eliminating scripture from the blog to avoid "boring my readers". I perhaps had 3 all together and after I shut down Facebook, I only had those I sent my blog to. Therefore, I couldn't possibly do any damage "boring my readers".
Yet, this advice has continued to stick with me throughout my few years blogging. And after all this time and my long line of followers I've decided on one thing.
I don't want you to follow me...I want you to follow Jesus.
Therefore, my words are nothing in comparison to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
You see, too many of us, are concerned about temporary things, such as who likes us, who follows us, what our net worth is, how popular we are, how to gain a following. Those are great to be successful in the world...and if you want to be successful in the world, you need to be prepared to do a lot of things that are not scriptural. Especially not to share the word in anything you say, because it will bore the reader and perhaps even reduce your followers. Even if there are none.
But when Jesus taught us about money and possessions in Matthew 6:19-21 he reminded us:
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be."
No excuses, no yeah buts, just scripture. My words can not compare to Christ when it comes to the prize.
What prize? you ask....
The Bible shares with us in Luke 9:51-56 (KJV) when being taught about opposition from unbelievers:
And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
Eternity in heaven with God is the prize.
In our lives, we will listen to voices. Many times, more than not, we find that we listen to the wrong voices. Negative criticism stunts us, only because we consider and believe negative to be true. We tend to read the Bible the same way. We find ourselves being edified by God, instructed to do the good things for our lives, and yet, we turn it around and point at Christians for "judging". We believe that we will never be able to do what God says, because we listen to the same voice that convinced Eve that God was holding out on her by telling her not to eat of the fruit of knowledge. Yet, after she listened and followed the deceitful voice, she found herself banned from her garden. Not that God punished her, but that her desire to listen to the negative voices led her to circumstances God intended to protect her from.
Therefore, it is my goal to point to scripture in every blog from here out so that you may learn the good things God has in store for you.
Have an amazing day, remember, open the word, dig in, fill your life full of his goodness, enriched with grace, mercy, discipline and love.
Isaiah 50:7 New Living Translation (NLT)
Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
I will not be disgraced.
Therefore, I have set my face like a stone,
determined to do his will.
And I know that I will not be put to shame.