|Responsibility starts young!|
Ugh! Do we work harder and harder, but things just get more expensive? Do employers keep heaping on more responsibilities which we have to try to accomplish in the same time? Does the government keep demanding more in taxes? Does it seem like no matter how hard we work, we are ending up with less and less? It seems that way from here.
You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it. Haggai 1:6
Does this sound familiar? The next verse says "Give careful thought to your ways."
What were the Israelites doing that was so wrong? They were focused on themselves, and not on God. They were spending all of their effort on their own needs, and disregarding what God told them to do. Building houses isn't wrong. Planting gardens isn't wrong. Ignoring God is wrong, and we do it at our own peril.
We do have a responsibility. What we do does matter. But not in the way we think it does. All of the recycling and green living in the world will not make a difference if we think we can do it without God. We feel bad for the starving, war-torn nations of the world, while we worry about not having enough money to go to the movies. If we were obeying God's commands, wouldn't everyone have enough?
I'm preaching to myself, here. This whole concept is bothering me. I don't know why I was born in the United States, and not in the Sudan. Why my family has a house when there are people living on the street. Why I can be concerned about buying gluten-free food for my son while people are starving. I don't know, but I think I must have more responsibility than most. And I don't quite know what that responsibility is, because I am afraid to ask. I am afraid that it would mean giving up the comfort that I do have. I am afraid that more is required of me than I want to give. I am afraid that obeying God would be hard. So I go along giving Him lip service. I teach Sunday School and play piano in church. I try to stay away from things that are corrupt. But it's still all about me.
I read about people like Katie Davis, who moved to the other side of the world to help some of the poorest people in Uganda. And I say, "why not me?" But then I answer the question - I have a family. I have responsibilities. Who will play piano and teach Sunday School? I can't leave. I can't take things away from my own children in order to help children I don't know. What kind of mother would I be if I did that? But what kind of mother am I if I teach my kids that the world revolves around them and their needs? I am raising another selfish generation as the world slowly spins down.
If God didn't spare his chosen people, but put them through hardship because of their self-centeredness andlack of obedience, why do we think he'd let us get away with it? Why do we have the conceited notion that we are the cause and the cure of the world's ills? Why do we go on thinking we can have it all, without paying the price?
The truth is, we are not in control. Our governments are not in control. God made this world, and he can destroy it just as easily. But he won't. Not yet. But it's coming. He has promised us that.
Where will you be when it happens? Which side will you be on? Where will you spend your eternity? Because there will be eternity. And where you spend it depends on what you decide now. God promises that if you accept Him now, you will spend eternity with Him in Heaven. If, however, you reject Him, you will be in Hell. And it won't be a good place to be.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:14-15
We need to change our ways. I need to change. This life is fleeting, but eternity lasts forever. All of the organic food in the world won't matter when it's all over and done with. We have to turn away from our selfishness and pride, and turn toward God and His ways. We have to humble ourselves, and ask for forgiveness.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14