11.15.2008

Pride of the Flesh

“God loves you for who He made you to be. He loves you no matter what color skin you have—no matter what color hair, eyes or body size…. Will you start to listen to His small voice and walk towards Him today? Will you let His love fill every part of you that is hurting, scared, lonely, angry or lost? … His love has no motive and will not steal any precious part of you. His love has everything to give and takes nothing from you. His love is so big that your heart and mind can't fathom it!” (Jill Samter)

This was part of a blog that I recently read that motivated and inspired me to write this today.

Matthew 26:41 says “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Often, we care too much about what the world thinks about us…we make sure that our clothes fit the trend, that our shoes are new and fashionable, that we have the perfect haircut, etc. How often do we make sure that our hearts fit the molds that God has set for them? Do we care about how we look to Christ?

To dress fashionably, have a nice haircut, have nice shoes, etc. is not sin. I like to wear new and interesting things…trying new fashions is actually kind of a hobby of mine—the question is, am I devoting as much time and attention to Christ as I am to earthly pleasures?

Jesus wants us to be happy. He cares about all of the little things in our lives as well as the big things. The trouble appears when we are so consumed in ourselves that we lose sight of barriers. If we aren’t constantly looking to Christ, our flesh easily transforms us into vain creatures.

This generation is in great need of prayer, for this is a great temptation. With the new means of online communication, such as Facebook, MySpace, and blogs, our lives are out there to be judged. I’m not saying it should be this way, but let’s face it…we’re going to be judged by the pictures that we post of ourselves, the music that we like, the movies that we enjoy, our hobbies, etc. When given such a public means of portraying my life to others, will I be found blameless? Will my relationship with Christ and my yearning to be as one with Him be what’s apparent, or will my vain flesh and desire to “fit in” define me and take over my reputation?

The truth is, if we are doing the right thing in God’s eyes, no one can find a valid fault in our lives. If Christ is at the center of my every decision, then that’s exactly where I should be. We need to examine ourselves on a daily basis to make sure that we really are considering and following the words and instructions of our ultimate Guide. Leaning on our Savior for wisdom and understanding rather than turning to man-made trends and ideals will be so much more fulfilling.

1 Samuel 16:7b – “…For the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

When I stand before Christ in Heaven, I don’t want to be the one who casually followed Christ, and let my flesh stifle my recognition of His clear direction in my life. In the end, when my God takes my hands and pierces the innermost secrets of my soul with His sweet eyes, I want to kneel before Him and hear “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” Sin is inevitable—I am a human, and thus I will sin—but I don’t have to live a lukewarm life. To the best of my ability, I want to live with a deep, passionate, burning heart for my Savior and my Savior alone.

6 comments. :

nobody416 said...

Oh wow! So beautiful and I can totally relate!!! I felt like I was reading something I had wrote! We definitely have kindred spirits. :) The longing of my heart is to be able to mirror Christ in my every moment and to have my life reflect the radiant beauty of my dearest Lord! It's something we can not do on our own at all, and it is certainly a very hard thing.

I also get what you are saying about our modes of communication reflecting Christ or the world. It's something that I am really trying to work on and I actually went through my facebook profile and deleted all the apps that could not be used for His glory.

Also, would it be OK with you if I added you to my blogroll?
I'll talk to you later.
In Christ,
Olivia

Jill said...

Abigail,

Beautifully written!

Thank you for acknowledging the importance of living for Christ as a teen in all you do. Thank you for wanting to be more than what the world says is OK. Thank you for wanting to step outside of the lukewarm body of Christ and stake your claim for HIM!

I love your heart for Christ and how you passionately speak about it!

I'm so touched to know you and love getting to know you more!

God bless you for encouraging your friends to shoot for His standard too!

In His amazing grace,
Mrs. Samter

Caleb Howell said...

this could be your best post yet.

Abigail Kraft said...

Thank you everyone for stopping by and encouraging me! I'm so incredibly thankful for each of you. :)

ohhollyf said...

You wrote what every Christian girl should be going through....
" will you be found blameless"....
this touchs our Father's heart that your desire is willingness.

Ben McCarthy said...

This is an excellent post. Such a convicting thought and very valid application for our lives as a Christians. I enjoyed reading this one tremendously.

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