23 Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.
Psalms 139:23 – 24
As Christians and as ministers, we spend a great deal of our time highlighting the benefits of becoming a Christian. We typically begin with the eternal benefit of Heaven (and a new earth) – telling those we are in a process of converting about this amazing place that awaits all those who belong, we then go on to the protection, favour and blessings we find in the Lord, and so on and so on…
But isn’t that just the flaw we experience in the sales pitch so many of us have come to experience when buying a product? The sales person wastes no time in highlight all the pros in the hope of selling another product so that they can get the commission, all the while failing to mention the cons. As an ex-salesman myself, I never wasted time on a product I wouldn’t buy myself. If that meant losing a sale, then so be it. The product I was going to sell to the customer was one I would be proud to have myself and in doing this I would also gain the trust of the customer, which meant having them for life.
While thinking about this the other day, I was reminded again about the fact that when we begin to allow the Holy Spirit into our daily lives that it would mean changing the parts of ourselves we choose to keep hidden or even buried. However, when the Holy Spirit begins His cleaning up process in our lives, things can get rather messy, and yes very uncomfortable, as He begins dealing with those areas that cause us to consistently stumble.
This is where a word of caution comes in. If you truly wish to walk in the fullness of that which the Lord has in store for you as a person, then you need to be ready to deal with some things you may have been trying to hide most of your life.
There are certain parts of our lives that we may have forgotten about, or habitual ways of life that seem so normal to us but in actual fact go against this very new nature that resides in all those who are born again. It is usually these things that Holy Spirit looks at and begins to deal with, but if you are not willing to let Him do what He needs to, you might just have unknowingly signed up for something that is very real.
The truth is that we cannot fully take hold of all the Lord has got for us and still hold onto our old ways of life. There has got to be an exchange that takes place where we hand over the old so that He can give us the new.
Looking at our scripture, this is something I believe all of us need to consider and pray about with caution. I believe the Holy Spirit will waste no time, when we allow Him access, in cleaning out our lives so that we can reflect more and more a Christ-like nature.
My friend, this is the truth. There are many who want to sign up for the benefits of being a child of God, but there are few who are willing to hand over their lives to be reviewed by the Holy Spirit, who looks for the hidden sin that resides deep within our being.
Perhaps today calls for the following: ‘Warning: Proceed with caution’. We either choose to walk this road whole-heartedly or should choose not to walk it at all.
Heavenly Father. I know the journey towards righteousness is not an easy one, yet it is one I believe is worth taking. Search my life thoroughly and remove all that hinders my journey with You. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.