Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3
If you’ve ever wandered the grocery store aisles hungry, you probably realize that we, as human beings, have a propensity to fill our carts with things that we don’t really need when our bellies are empty. So it is with our lives: our thoughts, our desires, our motivations. We must enter the grocery store of life with bellies full of God’s Word, wisdom, and scripture, so that we don’t reach for things that are unhealthy and affect our spiritual well being.
I am not condoning grocery shopping while hungry, or even eating a little junk food (I am entirely guilty!) I am simply trying to make a point- when our hearts are empty and we are not consuming God’s Word or connecting with the heart of Christ through prayer, we look to things and desires that are not of or from the Lord as junkie substitutes.
While Twinkies may sound like a delectable treat, the aftermath of overindulging can leave us woefully stuffed, bloated, and even sick to our stomachs. In the same way that junk food can impact us in a negative way, seeking things and circumstances other than Jesus and God’s plan can rob us of joy and a content Spirit that has been sculpted through steadfast perseverance, and is chiseled with character traits that are jewels from the Lord.
We have to be mindful, to make our thoughts and minds captive and obedient to Christ. We must meditate on God’s Word and lock our eyes with the loving eyes of Jesus. We must seek first the Kingdom and Christ’s righteousness.
When we are connecting with the heart of God each day, we are far less prone to wander. We develop a propensity to add fruit and other good things to our carts when Jesus is daily on the agenda, at the top of our grocery lists.
Steps of Faith:
Meditate on the following scripture:
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14