From the world, not to the world. (in read James 1:27) Why do we care then what others may be impressed by – we try and please everyone else with our fashion and frantics. We drama our lives to impress (others). Why?
This world is spotted to the core with corrupt. We see this everyday. Why then would we even have a moment of wanting to impress such agonies in our life?
If we could keep our thoughts kind and giving and loving – there impressions should come, then the world around us becomes “unspotted”.
From my book, While There is Time, pg. 105:
We can pretend all we want. We can come to show ourselves for others. We can make our face to please, for show, and clothe ourselves to shine as crimson (Jeremiah 4:30). God is not pleased by our vanity. And as we have caused our world to howl, know its mourning is from God to repent us. He will not repent from showing His purpose in us.
I see hope for change, as I read Isaiah 58:12: “The restorer of paths to dwell in.” “They that shall be of thee shall rebuild old waste places.” Our sacrifice to God is to take away the yoke (and pointing of finger), to undo burdens, to cast away stumbling blocks. These make us worthy to be called. “Not doing our own ways or pleasures or words.” Isaiah 58:13 “Delight thyself in the Lord. “…my Spirit…and my words shall not depart…” (59:21). We see how we can build our seeds – our world, our eternity, and restore the paths to dwell in.
Our cost is not from pocket, no money can buy God’s riches. No money can know His thoughts nor ways. We come to God empty – our contrite hearts and feeble minds we lay at Christ’ feet. And He will renew our spirits free of charge. (“freely given to us of God.” I Corinthians 2:12) “…when I called you did not answer, when I spoke, you did not hear…” (Isaiah 65:12). As our hearts are weighed to turn to Jesus, we need not subdue or ignore. “…before they call, I will answer and while they are yet speaking I will hear.” (65:24) We are weighed for a purpose… All things we do, still we are not at peace without our Lord. We eat but are hungry, drink and are left to thirst. …we cannot be full in our hearts.
Come to rest where rest and peace can only be…with God as our center. As your words move deep into our souls, as you speak, may we listen. (65:19) “…and the voice of weeping shall be no more.”