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As Spring continues trying to push ahead, leaving the cold, snowy winter behind, many will be heading outdoors to clean up the grounds, make repairs and plant fields and gardens.
We do house and yard work to improve the curb appeal of our house, so we want to do our best. We plant seeds not in a haphazard way but in straight lines that appear clean and neat when the seeds emerge.
Sometimes when doing home repairs there can be an inspection to ensure the local building codes are followed for the safety of all. When you put forth your best effort with the correct tools and information, an inspection should not be feared.
There is a parallel to our spiritual lives:
We are all workers in God’s kingdom and the Lord is not looking for a half-hearted effort from his people. He is not wanting us to cut corners to save time, money or resources.
What does he want, perfection? No, just our best, which is far from perfect. If you teach, ask, “Is that my best?” If you read the lessons Sunday morning ask, “Is that my best?” As a student in Sunday school class, “Is my participation my best?” You get the idea. Too often as volunteers there is the temptation to do enough just to get by; to work for a C average.
I’m not saying perfection is our goal, or that there isn’t room for improvement. Our best may vary based upon our skill development, time allotted and resources available.
When coming to God’s Word we should use what resources are available to study, learn and experience God’s truth. When you see the tiny green lines of corn or beans and marvel at how straight the rows are, remember in some tractors it’s all guided by GPS and some sophisticated equipment and computers.
So as we seek to understand and apply the Word, use quality resources and most of all rely upon the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is of utmost importance to share God’s Word in truth, without compromise or being lackadaisical, for peoples’ eternal life can be at stake. It pays to know the Word and allow the Word to become a part of who you are.
Do you need to leave the cold winter of your old life behind you and today trust Christ to become Lord of your new life?