We were blessed last evening with an intentional snow storm in Northern Virginia! Many motorists were trapped in their cars for hours during rush hour because of the treacherous road conditions.
"Stand at the gate of the Lord's house and there proclaim this message: " 'Hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place." Jeremiah 7:2-3
The people followed a worship ritual but maintained a sinful life-style. It was religion without personal commitment to Christ. That appears to be happening more and more in the church today and if we are not cautious we can easily do the same. Compromise seems to be a popular "buzz" word in the Christian world. Attending church each time the doors are open, participating in communion, singing in the choir, leading a mentorship group, teaching Sunday School - all of these things are empty exercises unless we are doing them with the correct motive.
It seems that many Christians today are comfortable and stagnant in their walk with Christ. Instead of intentional digging deep in God's Word people seem satisfied remaining at the same level year after year after year in their relationship with God. How can we ever achieve God's purpose and plan for our lives when we are unwilling to sacrifice, commit and obey Him? Without intentional living we will never know what God really has for our lives.
Pressures, demands, and overwhelming expectations push in from all sides and absolutely assault our lives. Some days it seems everyone is demanding something from us. At some point we may find ourselves rushing through life, attending to the "must do" list, the urgent and what we interpret as necessary. The important is all too often forgotten. Our challenge is not the number of demands or lack of skills when it comes to prioritizing our time, but values - what is truly important to us?