Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world– the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does– comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:15-17)
Monday, I shared with you some thoughts about what my Facebook and Twitter accounts have to say about my relationship with the Lord. If you would like to take a look at that post you can read it here, Friend or Enemy of God ~ Pt. 1 Today let’s look at a few more things. My hope is that we can further evaluate where God would like to use us through the different activities we daily participate in.
1. My Bible
Would my Bible be dusty? Would it show any signs of use? More importantly, if someone were to dissect my spiritual heart would they find the Word of God hidden there?
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” ~Psalm 119:105
2. My Email Account
What would my email account say? If someone were to look at the messages I’ve sent, would they see encouragement towards others? Would they see a heart devoted to God? Would they notice a pattern of optimism or a pattern of criticism?
3. My Library of Books
Would my books show that I desired to get closer to God? Would they show that I hungered for an understanding of God’s Word?
4. My Conversations
Would my conversations show someone who was listening? Would they show someone who was available for prayer? Would they reveal a critical spirit? If there was a bug on the wall listening to my every word, would those words be pleasing in God’s sight or would I be ashamed of what I’ve said?
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29)
Stop and take inventory today. What do these four things say about the way you are living your life? Are you a friend of the world or a friend of God? As for me, I’m still learning in many ways how to be a friend of God! Friday, let’s take a look at four more areas in which we can choose to be a friend of God or a friend of the world.
Dear Father God, please forgive me for the times that my conversations have not been pleasing in your sight. Please help me to have better control over my tongue that I may only use it to edify the body of Christ. Lord, I pray that I can daily find time to hide your Word in my heart. May I live like any day someone could take it from me and learn to truly appreciate every single word it offers me. Lord, I pray that my email box will only be full of conversations that are pleasing in your sight. If there is a critical spirit, unclean heart, or wayward thinking in me, please remove it. Please transform me on a daily basis and help me to conform to the likeness of Christ Jesus.
Desiring to be more Christlike,