by Pastor Tim Burt
Not far from my home is a house that used to be owned by a couple whom were tremendous gardeners. I heard that he worked for a nursery and it was obvious that he and his wife knew what they were doing from the constant display of beautiful flowers blooming each season. I'd pass their house often when I was on one of my long runs or walks.
God has something to say about neglect. He says we shouldn't neglect reading His word. It helps us come to know His will, character, and voice to our heart. He also says we shouldn't neglect gathering together in the church, as the church. This is where as the body of Christ, we learn together, become community together, and strengthen each other's as we reach the world with the love of Jesus. God says we shouldn't neglect wise counsel to protect us from our own prideful thinking or stubborn ways. He says we shouldn't neglect the spiritual gifts—those talents and abilities within us to touch others with His love. His word teaches us that we shouldn't neglect godly relationships and friendships, knowing that they are a part of His plan to become voices and examples to keep us in check and anchored in living a life for Him. And He with great warning we shouldn't neglect our salvation—ridding our lives of sinful ways and staying in intimate relationship with purpose-filled lives for Him. He says don’t neglect it because if you do, how will you escape the life and its consequences you were heading toward before Jesus rescued you?
Hebrews 2:3 (The Message Bible) says, "It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we've heard so that we don't drift off. If the old message delivered by the angels was valid and nobody got away with anything, do you think we can risk neglecting this latest message, this magnificent salvation?"
What does neglect look like? Like the picture I painted of the beautiful garden—something beautiful, neglected, taken over by weeds, and almost dying. That’s what neglect does. Our relationship with Jesus could be a beautiful and wonderful relationship but neglect can make it feel dead. Significant relationships can suffer. Your life can start to look like an overgrown weed patch where the beauty is overtaken by the weeds. Neglect comes from the family of lazy, procrastination, and indifference.
How can we neglect something significant and think it won't make a difference? Only deception produces that kind of thinking. Know what’s right to do so ask God to strengthen you in your inner man to do it. Then stop neglecting and begin to show passion toward doing that which is good! Make beautiful gardens of the things God deems important to your life. God will help you every step of the way! It’s His will and your future joy!
Matthew 23:23 (NLT) “... do not neglect the more important things."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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