We live in a time where we have never moved at a faster pace and yet accomplished so little. Do you ever wonder about the time we spend and what we spend it on in a typical day? The US Bureau of Labor Statistics says that in an average day, employed people between the ages of 25 to 54 with children spend it doing;
Simply put, our lives will show others if God is in us or not. What do people see? Are you honest enough with yourself to ask that question or will you explain away why you chose to neglect God and his ways? Dr. Lee Roberson said, “The commands of Christ are sharp and clear, but the response of his people is often measured and lifeless.” Measured and lifeless…some are just going through the motions if they go at all. Where is the desire to please God? Where is the desire to be obedient?
The Expositors Bible Commentary says “As obedience is practiced, so God's love matures in us.” If we exhibit a lack of obedience to the direction of God, we can never expect to mature in him. You will always struggle as long as you choose to be disobedient. Where are you when the time to “assemble” comes? What does your personal study time look like? Do you have a personal and active prayer life? That phrase in verse 5 is telling: “hereby know we that we are in him.” What do your actions portray? Enjoy your coffee.
Love you all,
Gary W. Hall, Pastor of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.