Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tread Water or Ride the Roller Coaster
Psa 144:3 LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!
Psa 144:4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.
I know several Christians who are merely treading water until the lifeboat, the rapture, comes along. They are not really looking for Jesus, just the way out of here. You may even feel that way at times. I suppose we all are excited about the next life and are quite anxious to get it started, and the sooner the better.
With a shrug and a sigh, we reluctantly agree with the Psalmist, "Man is like to vanity..." That is, so much of what we do is empty and meaningless. Sometimes we feel that we are spinning our wheels, going through the motions, living from meal to meal, nap to nap, paycheck to paycheck.
But when we add Jesus to life's equation, everything changes. "Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him!" Vanilla ice cream is one thing, but add a banana, drizzle some chocolate on top, sprinkle with peanuts, a couple of cherries and some whipped cream and that ice cream gets very interesting.
And such is life, it can tend to get pretty bland and pointless, but when Jesus enters, all kinds of purpose and excitement breaks forth.
If you have Jesus, not only do you have life, but you can have it more abundantly (Jn 10:10). Satan has come along to suck the joy out of your existence, but Jesus offers to put it back.
How can we experience that abundance? Participate in the Divine appointments He has scheduled for you.
If a person parks him/herself on the couch in front of the TV all day, not much in the way of adventure is going to happen. But if we are out and about, moving, mixing, visiting, helping, ministering, things are going to get thrilling.
God has meaning and purpose waiting for you today. Get out and cooperate with His plan.
So you can tread water in the kiddie pool or ride the roller coaster. The choice is yours.