Convenience . . . This word seems to exemplify the current attitude of the world today. We have cell phones that go with us everywhere so we “don’t miss a thing”, social media that keeps us informed of the latest happenings, dishwashers that speed-up clean-up, microwaves that reduce cooking time, and even auto-delivery so we don’t have to remember to order our essentials. It seems that everywhere you look, people are expecting convenience to meet their daily needs. But, is convenience always the bottom line?
If you only do what’s convenient, you’ll never do anything of much value! Going to work is not always convenient; exercising is not always convenient; reading your Bible is not always convenient. When you really get down to it, things of value – things worth their weight in time and effort – are things that are not convenient. They take time and effort, usually a lot of effort, to accomplish. For example:
Most Christians, when asked, will say they truly want the promises of God to manifest in their lives. But are they willing to do what it takes to get to that place? To get the promises of God to manifest, it takes faith and we know that faith comes by hearing the Word of God—not once in awhile, but over and over and over, day in and day out.
Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
My observation has been that if there’s an easy way out, people will take it in a New York minute! It seems that everyone is rushing and rushing to get things done – but, to do what? That’s the way of the world, but as Christians, we need to slow down and do what God has for us to do. If we need healing, we need to go to God’s Word and find out what He has to say about healing. But many Christians go to someone else to get them to pray for them. Worse yet, they don’t even do that. They go to the world and ask them what to do.
What about finances? If you need help with your finances, do you go to the Word of God and find out what He has to say. Or do you go to the world and get their opinion about what to do?
I think we know the answers to the above questions but the real question is why do Christians do what they do? Is it because convenience is at the core? Is it because God’s ways take time and lots of effort? The answer is obvious.
Now let me tell you why it’s expedient and beneficial to go God’s way, in spite of what seems to be inconvenient. Building your faith takes time and effort but be assured that whatever you get with your faith is what you keep. Anything else is just hit or miss. You can’t rely and depend on the world’s way of doing anything because the “world” is following the devil and we all know where that leads.
Satan is a liar and a deceiver and those who follow him will be lied to and deceived. It never leads to life but always leads to death – death to your health, death to your finances, and even death to yourself.
We, as born-again Christians, need to get into God’s Word and commit to following Him. He is all wisdom, all knowledge, all provision – everything you’ll ever need on planet earth. With God and His Word, it’s a win-win situation – every time!
2 Peter 1:3 (KJV) 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: