I am not sure if this is a sermon or a confession, because of the sins I will describe I have also been guilty. The thoughts of empty words have been rumbling in my heart for some time now. This rumbling is not just for a sermon or post but is also the conviction of the Holy Spirit to bring me into a better alignment with the image of Jesus—to be like Him. So, let my lesson of empty words be your lesson as well.
It is hard to believe we are in our third month of 2018 but time marches on. Time flies by and there is much to do in the work of the Kingdom of God. I am more conscious than ever to be about the Father’s business and I want to be careful to stay in His will day by day. I don’t mind being busy just as long as I am flying with God; it is of no value to be flapping our wings for no good purpose. This means that we have to occasionally say no and that always leaves someone disappointed. The urgent thing is not always the best thing.
The story of the Exodus was a pivotal point in Israel’s history. Moses had led the Children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage by the power of God. When they came to Mount Sinai, God gave Moses the instruction and the pattern to follow in building the Tabernacle and all of its furnishings. “And see to it that you make them according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain” (Exodus 25:40 NKJV).
I heard a story about a mother and her small daughter back in the day before car seat laws. The little girl was standing up in the seat as her mother drove and the mom told her daughter several times to sit down. Finally, the mother became more adamant telling her daughter to sit down. Knowing that her mother meant business, the child reluctantly sat down but told her mother, “I’m sitting down but in my heart I’m standing up!” I imagine many of us are like this, we comply with certain laws or guidelines but in our hearts we are somewhere in the realm of compliance in the spirit of rebellion.