Tough questions to ask yourself – what do you idolize? What do you put above your relationship with God? Is it a friend, relationship, money, time (for yourself, others, games, doing good or bad things), religion, sex? Is it intellectualism, ignorance, knowledge, wisdom, good qualities you’re always striving to attain but never can? What is it at the core of our being is hindering us from having a close intimate relationship with God? Let’s move away from idolatry – is it fear? Is it greed – serving God will cost you your job and everything you have? Is it your desire for relationships and sex? Is it anything else that you can distract yourself with to not deal with God working in your life?

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”  But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Therefore, to one who knows the  right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

James 4:13-17

It’s easy to think we have all the time in the world to serve God. It’s easy to think that we’ll start fixing things tomorrow, or tomorrow things will somehow improve in our lives without us taking action. God knows our hearts, and He knows the right thing. One of those foundational right things to do is making an effort to love Him and be in a relationship with Him growing in our faith. He doesn’t ask us to be perfect or get everything figured out right away. We can’t, but He can help us along that path in love and in discipline.

In reality those things are a burden to us whether we realize it or not. Sin produces a weight that cannot be lifted unless it is by Christ. There are always things in our life that will get us down, and people that will oppress other people in some form. There are those that do good for sure, and that is good, but at some point everyone’s humanity shows through and the weight of that remains.

Why are we also in danger every hour? I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, LET US EAT AND DRINK, FOR TOMORROW WE DIE. Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

1 Corinthians 15:30-34

Our lives mean something because someone gave our lives meaning. We were but dust in the earth until God breathed life into our veins. If the dead aren’t raised by Christ then life is pointless, because the phrase used is as futile and worthless as living without Christ. What is the point of those things? We are but dust in the wind, a blip in time. In the macro-evolutionary sense 60-100 years of life in trillions. If you start looking at life that way, without Christ, life seems small, short, and worthless. What else is there to do? Christ gives us so much more. He gives us purpose and meaning. Life and breath, eternity with Him. Love, peace, hope. The opportunity to not leave the rest of humanity to be left captive in their sin like we once were. The opportunity to give hope that no man can take away, because Christ was the victor over death what fear do we have in it? If the ultimate penalty in human’s eyes brings us joy that we’ll be with our Creator what can stop us? What is stopping us?

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