Friday, February 3, 2012

Guard Your Heart, Day 3: Disciplines of the Mind, Part 2

I have a very limited amount of time to write today, so I am just going to launch right into it. Proverbs 4:25 says: "Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you." While meditating on this passage, I wondered what it would mean and what it would look like to "Let your eyes look directly forward" and to keep your gaze "straight before you." And as I meditated on the passage and thought about it, I realized that, for the Christian, sin is behind us and Christ is before us. Not to say that we will never sin again, we most definitely will, but as Romans 6:17-18 states it: "But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness."

Our allegiance, our hope, all that we are, is no longer devoted to our own gratification, but to the honor and glory of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Christ is before us and our ultimate destination is heaven, with him. We have a powerful and wonderful tool for purity in this one truth, that Christ lived the perfect life that we were, on the whole, completely incapable of living. That he died the death that we could never die. To pay the price that we could never pay, so that we could have life in Him. If we fix our eyes on who he is, and give our time, emotions and purpose to seeking him out, we will find ourselves living much more purely than we could ever hope to on our own. We can only do this with the help of the Holy Spirit, his work in our lives, to change us and mold us, is the ultimate thing that will keep us pure and like Christ. So ask Him today to make you more holy, to make you more pure, and to give you the strength to put aside the things that are distracting you and focus on what is before you. Christ and His kingdom.

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