Morning Meditation is a one minute thought for the day that will appear Monday through Friday.
As a father, I have often wished I could take my children somewhere and completely shield them from all of the evil and temptations of this world. Yet, I know that such is not only impossible; it would not be the best for my daughters. What then, should I do?
The answer comes from the Bible. In 2 Timothy the apostle Paul warned the young man, Timothy, that evil men would go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But, Paul told Timothy to simply continue in the Holy Scriptures that he had learned in childhood from his grandmother and mother.
There is the answer for parents. The best thing we can do to save our children and protect them from evil is to fill their hearts with the word of God.
Ephesians 6:4 says, “bring your children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” In other words, Christian education begins at home.
Tradition vs. Reason
A new husband watched his bride prepare a ham for the oven. He noticed she cut off a few inches of the end. When asked why, she replied that the only reason she could give was her mother had always done it that way. They called her mother who admitted she always cut off a few inches, because “my mother did it that way.” Finally, they consulted grandma who said, “Oh, I always did that because my pan was too small.”
This illustrates we may follow customs without even considering if we are doing the right thing.
Even in religion, some follow family customs and traditions without real personal convictions. Many have inherited their religion from their family instead of basing their faith upon the Word of God.
Romans 14:12 says, “So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.”
What Name Describes You
The Indians used to give their children names that they earned. A girl would become “Timid One,” or “Laughing Water.” A boy might earn the name “Brave Warrior,” or “Running Feet.”
Suppose people gave us the names we earn. Some of us would be “Helping Hand,” “Generous Heart” or “Peacemaker.” But on the other hand, many would have names such as “Shirker,” “Stingy,” or “Evil Tongue.”
If people named you according to your life, what would be your name? Paul said in Galatians 5 that our actions indicate our real character. Some things indicate we are led by the Spirit of God while other actions show we are following the flesh.
James speaks of that “worthy name by which you are called” — meaning the name “Christian.” What about you? When people observe your life, would they see in you the qualities of a Christian?
The Only Bible
If you had something very valuable and you found out you were the only one in the world who had it, what would you do?
Well, what if you found out you had the only Bible in the world, what would you do with it? Would you toss it about carelessly, or lay it on the shelf to collect dust?
Of course, you do not have the only Bible. There are millions sold each year, and most homes have more than half a dozen copies.
Why do we take the Bible so lightly? Why do we not recognize it as a letter from our Creator and ruler?
Friend, treasure the Bible and study it daily. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
There is an old story of a chicken and a pig that illustrates on of the truths of life. A chicken and a pig were going down an old dirt road, when they noticed a sign telling of a banquet to be given for a charitable organization. Both the chicken and the pig thought they should help, but could not think of a way. Suddenly, the chicken said, “I know! I’ll donate a dozen eggs, and you can donate the ham.” The pig said, “Hold it. A dozen eggs from you is just a contribution but a ham from me is a real sacrifice; why, it’s total commitment.”
Well, that is exactly what God wants from each of us. He does not want just a contribution with an hour or two of church attendance on Sunday. He wants total commitment; He wants your life.
Romans 12:1 says, “present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service.”
First, Get the Man Right
A small boy was asked to put together a map of the world that had been cut into numerous pieces. In just a few minutes, he completed the assignment. When asked how he completed the job so quickly, he said, “I saw the picture of a man on the back of the map. So, I put the man together, and when I got the man right, the world was right.”
That little boy taught a powerful lesson for us. If you and I want a better world, the place to start is with self. “A better world begins with me.”
The Bible reveals judgment is going to be on an individual basis. Each must give an account of himself to God (Rom. 14:12). You are not responsible for the whole world, but you alone are responsible for your part of the world.
When we stand before the judgment bar of God, we will be judged based on the words of Jesus Christ (John 12:48).