April 28, 2011

Today you should read: Joshua 16

“If I see one more diet commercial I am going to scream!” ~ Marie Wiles
My wife makes me laugh every day of our marriage. This particular quote came this past week while we were going for a walk and encouraging one another in our pursuit to stay healthy. “People are always trying to figure out a quick easy way to lose weight, but the only way to really do it and make it last is to eat a healthy balanced diet and exercise” ,Marie stated. She is so right. Later on that evening we were watching “The Biggest Loser” and a commercial came on for another crash diet plan. Their slogan was “lose weight at your convenience.” That made for another five minutes of frustration for her and amusement for me.

Convenience- anything that saves or simplifies work, adds to one’s ease or comfort, etc., as an appliance, utensil, or the like. ~Dictionary.com.

In today’s passage, we see the descendents of Joseph receiving their inheritance but particularly the tribe of Ephraim. As I read this passage (v. 10) grabbed my attention. They did not drive out the Canaanites who lived in the land instead they made them slaves. Was this God’s plan?

If you remember from chapter 13, God recognized that Joseph was getting old but there was still a lot of land left to possess. God told Joseph to divide the land and He promised in chapter 13:6 “6all the inhabitants of the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephoth-maim, even all the Sidonians. I myself will drive them out from before the people of Israel. Only allot the land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have commanded you.” So, if God promised to drive all inhabitants out then why do we see the Canaanites remain in the land?

Without revealing too much from tomorrow’s reading, we find out that Ephraim was afraid of the Canaanites and instead of trusting God he did what was convenient for them. We see this theme all through the scriptures and in our lives as well.

Unfortunately, sometimes convenience drives our lives. The problem with that is Jesus calls us to pick up our cross and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). Basically, the very idea of living for convenience goes against living for Christ. To live for Christ means to be selfless, disciplined, endure hardships, and to put others above yourself for the gospel. There is no easy ,fast track to living a good Christian life. There is one path and that path was paved by Jesus. The gospel is the key to walking it.

Ask yourself:
Do I live for convenience or for Christ?
Am I obedient even if it means giving up my comfort?

Posted by: Chad Wiles

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

4 thoughts on “April 28, 2011”

  1. OUCH! Unfortunately, I sometimes choose the path of convenience….and that stinks! My desire is to fully obey God…every second of every day. Please pray for me in this area. Thank you!

  2. Chad — awesome thoughts bro. In all honesty, I’m pretty sure most of my life is lived via the avenue of convenience.

    I wonder what my life would look like if I was less concerned with convenience and I was more focused on diehard devotion to Jesus, on radically abandoning everything that hinders me from a Christ-centered life…

  3. Thanks Todd,

    I have to say that I was convicted while writing it. Our nature is to choose the path of least resistance.

  4. Hmmm…convenience vs. the cross? I haven’t really thought how these pursuits counter each other but they are definitely polar opposites. America’s culture screams convenience and we have become a very lazy society as a result. I often comment that I would not survive an earlier age because of the “work” involved – I am not grateful enough just for the water that flows into my kitchen, bathroom and laundry, not to mention all the other conveniences that I take for granted.
    Yet deep within my soul, there is a yearning that convenience does not fill, a place of longing that I realize is God-sized and shaped like the cross. Paying attention to this yearning keeps me aware of my daily need to pick up my cross, to do things differently than the rest of the world and to be desperate in my seeking.
    Thanks, Chad!

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