Beware

7 Mar

Beware the temptation in this age of information to equate acquisition of facts with the development of wisdom.

Beware the urge to self-promotion, to make a name, to have a platform. Be obscure and lift up Jesus.

Beware the temptation to have an opinion about everything. Be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to become angry.

Beware the urge to worship the created thing rather than the Creator. “You shall have no other gods before me” is the first commandment for a reason.

Beware the temptation to be jealous of those who are blessed. Ask God to give you a heart that is genuinely happy for others.

Beware the urge to avoid those who are hurting, to give up on those who are struggling, to discard those who are broken by sinning. Jesus came to you, never gives up on you, and embraces you rather than discarding you.

Beware the temptation to bemoan your sin more than you sing God’s mercy.

Beware the urge to skim on the surface of life, skipping like a rock on water from one experience to another, forgetting about the Savior who is the source of every good and perfect gift.

Beware the temptation to go to church out of duty or to be seen by others rather than to engage with and to glorify your Savior.

Beware the urge to avoid church because of all the messiness and hypocrisy. Remember that God is in the mess and He is slowly sanctifying His people . . . and one day He will make all things new.

Beware the temptation to be overwhelmed by all the hardship of the world. Your Sovereign God is on His throne.

Beware the urge to be consumed by your own hardships. Look up and look out. Forget yourself. Walk on. Love.

Beware the temptation to live without paradox.

Beware the urge to live as if there is no Truth.

Beware the temptation to “graduate” from the gospel to “deeper things.”

Beware the urge to contribute to your salvation.

Beware the temptation to keep the letter of the law with a stony heart.

Beware the urge to rationalize self-centeredness.

Beware that these temptations and urges will be your constant companions, but the Savior is greater than any temptation. As you live in Him, the dead weight of your self-obsession will replaced by the God-centered and other-centered fruit of the Spirit.

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