Have you ever witnessed someone eat twenty twinkies a day and lose weight?
Have you ever experienced an increase in your bank account when you went shopping?
Have you ever seen a student receive a scholarship after refusing to attend class and not being involved in anything outside of his ipod?
Where am I going with this?
Well…if you look at how all of these things are related, you notice that the relationship between the two is slightly backwards.
You eat twinkies = You gain weight or you certainly do not lose it.
You spend money = Your bank account decreases.
You skip class and refuse to participate = You most likely lose your chances of receiving rewards based on your academic achievement and participation.
Raise your hand if you disagree with any of those statements.
Only kidding, that is totally a rhetorical question.
But really- have you ever noticed that we often have our expectations of our relationship with God totally backwards?
We pray that He leads and guides us.
Yet when He does, we often are rebellious and go our own way.
We cry and ask Him for help when the world blisters our hands and tears at our hearts.
Yet we still reach for the very thing that hurt us and put us there.
We say we want an intimate relationship with Jesus and we claim Him as the most important thing in our lives.
Yet we can’t stop staring at Instagram and Twitter long enough to give him more time than the prayers we say before we inhale our food.
Do you see what’s wrong with this picture?
We want to inherit one thing while we worship another.
But it simply doesn’t work that way.
You see, God is absolutely a God of grace.
And steadfast, unwavering, incredible, passionate love.
But He has never been okay with honoring disobedience.
He offers grace for our mistakes and He can use all things for the good but that has nothing to do with honoring disobedience.
What it all comes down to is this: When we are directly disobedient to Jesus, in whatever the situation may be, we are indirectly putting something in and of this world before Him.
We are choosing to be obedient to our selfish hearts and desires which causes us to stay on the path of disobedience.
We are worshipping us, idolizing this world and watering the weeds in our lives.
So, why would we expect luscious and beautiful flowers to grow?
Because our flesh naturally wants the results of a disciplinary and obedient lifestyle while also maintaining the luxury of self-worship and a lack of self-control.
In layman’s terms, we want to have our cake and eat it too.
GUESS WHAT PEOPLE!
We can’t have both!!!
And usually, when someone mentions disobedience”, we all have that trigger in our hearts that points to an area in our lives where we KNOW we are not practicing obedience!
Yet, it hurts so good.
Just one more day.
One more time.
One last go-around.
You’ll do better…tomorrow.
But tomorrow comes, and you still are out there, watering the weeds.
I guess what I am asking you is this: Do you want to inherit His promises or are you okay with your life producing a garden of weeds?
Friends, it is not even about actions or what you “do” necessarily- Jesus has never accepted you or redeemed you based on what you can contribute.
But the reality is, whatever you water is what you worship
If you worship yourself and your desires and remain disobedient, you will have weeds.
If you worship your Savior and you remain obedient, your garden will flourish!
What you produce is a by-product of WHO you worship.
Save yourself some heartache.
And precious time that you can’t get back.
And CHOOSE to be obedient, especially when it’s tough because I assure you, it is worth it.
And just in case you didn’t know, no one puts weeds in a vase and shows those babies off
“You shall have no other gods before me.” -Exodus 20:3
“Obey God because you are his children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of doing evil; you didn’t know any better then.” -1 Peter 1:14