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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Just because you can doesn't mean you should ...

As an "american woman" in the 21st century there are all sorts of things I can do, but that does not mean I should. This post could go so many directions, but let me narrow it down to a few examples for the sake of time; feel free to add your own.
Just because I can go to the store every day doesn't mean I should.
Just because I can use the internet to look up all sorts of things doesn't mean I should.
Just because I can get in my vehicle and drive 8 hours doesn't mean I should.
Just because I can pick up the phone and talk for an hour doesn't mean I should.
Just because I can sit on the couch and watch television for any amount of time doesn't mean I should.
Just because I can speak my mind freely to whomever I want in any way I want [writing, talking, social media, etc.] doesn't mean I should.
And so on.
Just because we can do so many things does not mean they are profitable and good for us to do. So often we are busy doing things that have no eternal value (and in fact these things hinder our walks with the Lord) instead of just simply doing what is right in front of us. In today's fast paced, modern society we forget that things were not always this way nor should they be this way. Our minds have been skewed, God's truths perverted.

Something David said in his message today fits very well in here. Our job is to do what pleases our master, not us. For children, that is to please their parents. For women, that is to please their husband or head. For men, that is to please Christ. For Christ, that is to please God. We must each lay down our own will and do the will of our head or master.

David pointed out that it's not real submission if you do what pleases your master only so you can hurry up and get back to whatever it is YOU want to do. But rather, our whole lives and beings are to be wrapped up in doing what pleases our master and none of it wrapped up in what pleases us. We are to lay our lives down and die to self. That is submission.

Women today are so out of order and I know our selfish, humanistic society has greatly helped this lack of order. If we love the Lord we will spend our time focused on ways we can please our master/head ... and in doing so we are doing what pleases the Lord.

So, just because you can do xyz, first examine yourself and ask, "Is this the most profitable thing I could be doing right now?" "Am I doing this for selfish motives?" "Does this  action serve my 'head' / 'master' or my flesh?" Etc.

6 comments:

  1. "... just because you can do xyz, first examine yourself and ask, "Is this the most profitable thing I could be doing right now?" "Am I doing this for selfish motives?" "Does this action serve my 'head' / 'master' or my flesh?" Etc."

    A very good reminder; thanks for sharing this message!

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  2. we miss you--hope all is well with your family--your post are so beneficial and needed by so many in this cold and increasingly dark world--please don't be too long-------God speed and blessings to you and your children!-a.

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  3. We are doing very well, thank you for thinking of us! I have a post in the works :)

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