Psalm 51:10 (NKJV) 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
When we allow the Lord to come into our lives, there should be inward change. What is going on in the inside may not be physically visible, but the world should see outward signs that things are definitely changing. I bring this up because I had an acquaintance through one of the ministries that I worked with pass away in a rather ungodly way recently. I do not feel the need to give the exact details, but I think it is enough to say that a person that did not know him well, would be seriously amazed to find out He knew the Lord. The important question is… what does the world see when it examines our lives? Life On Our Terms It was the late Frank Sinatra who sang the songs “I Did It My Way.” Well… that is all well and good to say it in a song but what does it really look like to “do it my way.” If we are brutally honest, “my way” leads me from the intended path, “my way” leads me into trouble, “my way” leads me into temptation of every kind, “my way” simply fails. I think it is quite fitting that he finishes the song with the following lyrics… For what is a man, what has he got If not himself, then he has naught Not to say the things that he truly feels And not the words of someone who kneels The record shows I took all the blows And did it my way The record shows I took my blows. The point is, we do not have to take those blows. We do not have to allow this world to beat us up. The Lord has so much better planned for us than taking blows. Life on our own terms is not as glorious when we really take the time to examine what is being said. Life my way, no, let me live life the way the Lord intends. The Difference When we truly love the Lord, when we have reached the point of complete surrender, when we have turned our entire life over to His will… there will be a difference. The drinking, the partying, all the fleshly desires will fade away. When we truly seek out and study the will of God, we will start to align ourselves with it. Ephesians 2:10 says… (10) For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them… We were created for Good works, so what is the will of God in our lives? Probably to do good work! What Does The Word See? Can a person be caught up in sin in their final moments and still be saved? I have no clue as to what the answer is to that question. My heart tells me that the Lord is full of new mercies for us on a daily basis. The Lord knows that we are going to mess up. But the Lord has insight we simply do not have. Jeremiah 17:10 (10) I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings… The Lord is able to search the heart. He understands how we truly feel about Him. Did this person truly have a saving faith? I do not know that for sure, I do however know our God absolutely knew. I also take heart in knowing that whatever the Lord decides to do with this soul is absolutely justified. My prayer is that he had that steadfast faith as he left this world. It should be our goal however to live a life that proves on the outside what is going on in the inside. I have stood by as people of genuine faith have passed away. There is a calming certainty as to where they are going. Unfortunately, I have been in far too many situations where we simply think... there is a chance. Closing Thoughts: The Lord is doing a mighty work within us. We are a new man through the Lord. Let the outside world experience what you are feeling on the inside. The world needs to see Christ through us. Do not leave this world wondering where we are going. We can leave this world with either a question mark or an exclamation mark. Are you saved? Or are you saved! Galatians 2:20 (NKJV) 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.