“The Most Important Thing” 1/30/2014

 

“Our Daily Bread”     http://odb.org/
The Daily Devotions of Greg Laurie                                 
http://www.harvest.org/devotional/daily-devotions/home.ht   
“Homily Grits Devotional”  http://www.homilygrits.com/

“The Most Important Thing”  Written by AdjustedSails @ http://adjustedsails.wordpress.com/

 

Posted on December 18, 2013 by AdjustedSails

 

most important thing

 

I’ve heard many times, and certainly agree, that the most important things in life aren’t “things,” and I’m increasingly appreciating that the most important things truly cannot be bought or sold:

 

Joy – the unspeakable kind that fills your chest and warms you as you breathe in the crisp morning air, the kind that affords you a genuine smile no matter how bleakly the odds are stacked against you

 

Peace – and peace of mind, the indescribable kind the world didn’t give and cannot take away, the kind that centers and grounds you internally, allowing you to exude a gentle, quiet spirit, even in the midst of circumstantial chaos

 

Love – the unashamed, undeserved, unfathomable kind that stems from a genuine acceptance of self and others right where they are, that isn’t diminished by external actions, that pursues the heart of God and others with reckless abandon

 

Purpose – the undeniable kind that reminds you how precious, yet fleeting, time is, that satisfies your soul’s deepest desires yet leaves you longing to fulfill more, to give more, to be more

 

Grace – inexhaustible, all-encompassing, messy grace, the kind that covers all your wrongs and all who’ve wronged you, the kind that levels the ground at the foot of the cross, the kind that gives beauty for ashes, no matter how badly you’ve been burned

 

These are some of the things I’ve found to be most important in life and about myself. In his book, The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer boils this list down to one, single thing. He says, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” I’ll concede his point – it’s not just that we have the “things” above, but our thoughts about them and the God who created us with a capacity to experience them. The most important thing, then, isn’t any one of the intangible “things” above, either. Rather, the most important “thing” is the response of our finite hearts when encountering the infinite heart of God.

 

Just as the unchanging heat of the sun can both melt wax and harden clay, I often wonder why God’s steadfast love seems to soften some hearts while toughening others. I don’t have an answer for you, but I do believe the most important thing affecting the course of our lives can be gleaned by examining the position of our heart in response to the character of our God. Take a moment, now, to consider it, for I believe it’s the defining foundation for every other “thing” you’ll ever desire or ever do.

 

“We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God.” ~A.W. Tozer

 

most important things

 

 

 

 

About Godsmanforever

I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
This entry was posted in Bible, Catholic, Christ, Christianity, Daily Devotion, Exortation, faith, God, Holiness, Hope, Jesus Christ, Love, Mercy, Peace, Praise, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.