1 Thessalonians 5:6
Live alert and you will not become intoxicated by the indifference of others. (Mirror Bible)
Does it take all that?
There is a story that has been told for a long time:
The Ant works hard performing his tasks all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The Grasshopper thinks he is a fool and laughs, dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the Ant is warm and well fed. The Grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold. (Aesop’s Fable)
You must live your life as God has commanded. It may seem foolish to others. You spend time in prayer instead of watching a movie. You worship instead of gossip. You choose to live your life for the Lord now instead of having fun and giving Him the scraps. You may be referred to as radical, extra, or over the top.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. (KJV)
If you are living as if Christianity is not fun, stop it.
John 10:10b I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
The excitement about where you will be when winter comes should show in your life and in your worship. Don’t allow anyone to interfere with it. Your worship is not just how you respond to music in a church service; it is how you live your life. God created you to worship Him. It takes all you have to give and more.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I thank You for leading me to recognize it takes all I have and more to live my life according to Your word and give You the worship You are due. I will continue to do the most. I repent when I allowed myself to be swayed by the conversation and commentary of others regarding my life. I will always stand up for my actions because it does not matter who thinks I do too much or I am way over the top. I will say thank you when I am called a holy roller. I will live my life as directed by You, whatever it takes. If You require me to be “extra”, then I will be extra for You. I don’t want to be lukewarm; I will be hot…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.