Christianity is a funny thing. You can listen to God and not hear what He is saying. You can hear what He is saying and refuse to do what He says. Like a stubborn child refusing to listen to their parent. We forget that we aren’t in charge and we try to become self sufficient, completely reliant on nothing, and no one. We believe in God, we know He exists and we listen to Him when it’s convenient for us, but we fly away to Neverland and never grown up. We never grown in Christ and we never let Him take us deeper than we want to go. The race we try to run isn’t our own, its the one that the world has laid out for us and that we think seems the best. We don’t run the race that God designed for us, it’s too out of the ordinary and we don’t like that.
Ecclesiastes 12: 12-13 “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deep into judgement, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”
King Solomon concluded that his years of vigor, folly, advancements, pleasure, money, wisdom, toil and entire life was completely meaningless for one simple reason. He forgot his creator. He spent most of his life separated from God to see what the world had to offer and realized it wasn’t as amazing it sounded. When the ways of the world get the best of you don’t beat yourself up too much, Solomon was known as the wisest man on earth, and even the world got the best of him. Maybe don’t have 700 spouses and 300 concubines….. but you know what I mean. He wrote an entire book called Ecclesiastes, it’s about life and it’s meaning, you should read it so that when you get to heaven you can walk up to him and say “hey man, I read your book.”
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
The thing to remember about God is that He does not require perfection, you have to get broken once or twice, fall on your face, get back up and keep going. God is not drawn to perfection, He is perfection, He is drawn to those who are broken and hurting, those with a past who are willing to give it all to Him.
Psalm 51:17 “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.”