Consider with me the precious promise from Jesus: “I am with you always.” How often we encourage ourselves with those words! And I’m afraid we also find excuse for compromising with those words. Does it make us less sensitive to our behavior? Are we more aware of sinful acts or attitudes? Do we take advantage of his promise and follow our own wants since we have his promise?
I suggest we turn the table on Jesus today and say, “I am with you always.” Imagine not going anywhere that Jesus is not there first inviting me to come. Imagine not doing anything that is not patterned after Jesus in which he says he does nothing but what he sees the Father do. Imagine not saying anything which is not said in love, wisdom, and discernment.
Thank you, Jesus, for being with me always. I’m really considering vowing a vow that I will always be with you. Can I do that? I’m reminded of the child’s song, “Oh be careful, Little Hands, what you do; Oh be careful Little Hands what you do. There’s a Father up above who is looking down in love, Oh be careful, Little Hands, what you do.” the message continues to Little Feet, Little Eyes, Little Ears, Little Mouth.
I know I’m wholly dependent on grace and mercy. I’m not saved by works; I am saved “unto good works.” I’m talking where the rubber meets the road. We need to evaluate what we do, where we go, what we say, what we see, what we hear.
Evaluation day, not terribly pleasant, but important.