Zechariah 3:1 (NLT)
1Then the angel showed me Jeshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD. Satan was there at the angel’s right hand, accusing Jeshua of many things.
I am amazed at how many people are obsessed with getting their own sorry souls into heaven. Ignorant of the accusations made against God, by Lucifer, people are only focused on personal salvation. They seemingly don’t care about the pain God has endured. He lost a third of His precious angels. He lost His favored musician and friend, Lucifer. He lost Adam and Eve. And through the ages, there has been great pain and suffering. But for some reason we are only focused on ourselves. What’s up with that?
Sure, it is important for us to seek grace and forgiveness through Jesus and who wouldn’t be interested in eternal life, but that isn’t what this is all about. We are a part of a great controversy between Christ and Satan. And we need to be aware of what part we play.
It is not all about us — even though God loves us to death — literally! It is about God and we need to be cognizant of the part we play.
Satan stands to accuse God, Jeshua, Jesus before all the universe. We must realize that it isn’t all about “ME.” It is all about Him. If this doesn’t play out correctly, we are all doomed.
Too often I make this all about me. Once I do that I get selfish and I want to do what I want to do. I think, “Oh, what would one little slip matter?” I can always come back. I can always repent. But what I’m really saying is that I can do a substandard job. I can be a less than exemplary servant of God’s. I can settle for second best.
What a crock that is. Why would I let Him down? This isn’t easy. This isn’t a game. This isn’t our right to mess up. And it isn’t just my neck that is on the line.
I am lazy, I’m a procrastinator, and I don’t realize the big picture here.
This is something that Jesus was willing to die for, and I’m wiling to throw away on a moment’s notice. Distract me, stress me, tempt me, and what do I do — drop all my values for a moment of disgrace.
What was I thinking…
Father God, Please forgive me for my arrogance –my ignorant arrogance, and thinking this is all about me. Please forgive me for the times I’ve separated myself from you. Please forgive me for the sin of turning my back on you and doing my own thing. The sin isn’t the behavior, the sin is the separation from you, the selfishness of following my own wants and desires, the lack of trust I show in your ways, and the separation that creates.
I’m sorry God. Please forgive me.
Let me support your causes. Teach me to follow your ways. Lead me into paths of righteousness. Rebuke my substandard attitudes. Mold me and shape me into the purity of your Kingdom principles.
I love you too God! gw