YOUR CHOICE: TASTY TRASH OR AN IMPERISHABLE INHERITANCE
We have two daily options: sinful, instant gratification; or grateful, obedient worship while looking to God's promised provision.
Daily mindfulness of our righteous-standing with God through Jesus and our eternal inheritance results in a life that turns from the seduction of sin and toward God in thankfulness and worship.
ReflectionsImagine a man's bad day.
He skipped breakfast, missed deadlines, and worked through lunch. He needs something to take the edge off. So he gets a huge fast-food meal deal after work. And it tastes great in the moment.
Then he gets home.
He panics as the smell hits him from the door. He forgot his dinner plans. His wife made his favorite meal. She is beaming with joy and can't wait to share it with him. But he feels grotesquely full and couldn't eat another bite.
She's crushed (How could he forget? Doesn't he love me?). He watches TV, zones out, and resents her (Can't she see I've had a bad day? I deserve a break.). She's rejected; he's withdrawn.
I tell guys this is what they're doing when they go to porn for their desires instead of seeking oneness with their wives. They fill up on airbrushed, unnatural, sex-slave trash while rejecting their wife's godly, wholesome provision -- all because they crave instant, selfish, sinful gratification and aren't willing to wait for their good, promised provision.
And WE do the SAME thing with God.
This is Hebrews 12.14-29, and this is our daily choice:
1. A day of worshipful obedience by grace in faith of what is to come, OR
2. A rejection of grace, a choice of the instant gratification of sin, and a forfeiture of God's blessings.
Hebrews 12.14-17-- command and warning: pursue peace and holiness. If we reject God's (daily) grace, we'll fall into sinful desires, resulting in contagious bitterness, sexual sin, and immorality. We'll be like Esau: a man so enslaved to his appetite that he'll trade millions for a meal.
Hebrews 12.18-24 -- contrast: the old covenant/Mount Sinai (Law) is intended to demonstrate the need for a Savior (Galatians 3.24) and that God is holy, and we are not. The new covenant/Mount Zion (Grace) demonstrates our righteous fellowship with God through our Mediator, Jesus!
Hebrews 12.25-29 -- exhortation: God's eternal, unshakable kingdom is ours (verse 28)! Therefore, all of life should be full of gratefulness and worship (see Hebrews 13 for what a life of worship looks like).
So what will you choose today: Tasty Trash OR an Imperishable Inheritance?
Discussion Questions1. In what areas of life do you want it now by instant gratification rather than obedience by God's grace? (Worry, control, shopping, binging, lust, money-hungry, status-seeking, gossip, relationship smothering, elevation of self, greed, pride, laziness, or _____________?).
2. Are you still struggling with repeatedly choosing sin over obedience in some area? The antidote here is to walk in daily grace and to reflect upon God's holiness, your righteousness in Christ's grace covenant with you, and your eternal inheritance in an unshakable kingdom, resulting in thankfulness and worship.
3. Do you have plans this coming Monday night? If not, would you accept my invitation to come to re:generation on Monday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., for worship, a testimony of a changed life in Christ, and small group sharing?
4. Did you just think, "I should do that, but I don't really belong there with those people."? I used to think that, too. See you there on Monday.
And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.