Turn from Worthless Things

“Friends, why are you doing this? We are mortals just like you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.” Acts 14:15 NRSV

MP900448057[1]The apostle Paul, and his traveling companion Barnabas, were being treated like  gods. The people of Lystra thought they were Zeus and Hermes. As soon as Paul realized what was happening, he turned the crowd’s attention away from  their foolish conclusion to the living God.

What amazes me is the stark contrast between these two followers of Jesus Christ, and everyone else in Lystra, whose minds were lost and lives were wrapped up in the worthless worship of mythical figures.

During the first few days and weeks of Jesus’ life, the same kind of thing happened. God’s love was visibly demonstrated in a miraculous birth, announced by angels, and celebrated by heavenly host. But few were listening. The minds of the people were preoccupied, some with mounting problems, others with worthless pursuits designed to distract and relieve them of the harsh realities of life.

MC900098115 Only a few wisemen seemed really tuned into what God was doing. They made an amazing choice. They turned from their worthless pursuits and comfortable lives to see what God had done. They followed a star, and found Jesus!

I don’t want to live a life of worthless pursuits. I want to be turned to God, and tuned in to God! I want to be led by Jesus’ light, and be a part of what God is doing in the world today. I hope you are like me.MP900409317[1]

Today let’s turn from the worthless things in our lives to God. Let’s stop going our  own way, and start following the Good Shepherd. Let’s take the life God has given us, and use every minute to glorify God, and to enjoy the blessings of God’s love made possible by Jesus Christ!

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