A “Martian” Helps Us Know If We’re Telling the Truth Or Blowing Smoke
Watch out! I’m sending my little Martian buddy to spy on you. If you see this two foot tall green fellow with three antennas and purple eyes looking at you through his spy glass, don’t get nervous. That’s him.
He’s usually harmless.
Now, he’s trying to figure out what you’re living your life about. He’ll be recording it all on his z-pad (they don’t have i-pads on Mars).
He’ll note how you spend the majority of your time—working, playing, goofing off, or trying to persuade big fish to surrender to you. He’ll use his x-ray vision to look at your bank account and see how you spend your money. (“Wal Mart? Wal Mart? Wal Mart? What’s this Wal-Mart thing?”)
My purple-eyed buddy will see what gets you excited and what bores you. He’ll note what you do with all your heart and what you do because it’s your duty. Then he’ll report back to me.
“But, David,” you whimper, “he didn’t even interview me. All he has to do is ask and I’ll tell him what I’m about.”
Now, I was just kidding. I don’t really have a Martian friend (you’d already guessed that hadn’t you?) And if I did, he might be spying on me as well as you. But, the question is real. What is my life really about? What am I about? And you
We can say our lives are about a lot of things but we can find out what we really believe by asking a couple of questions.
1. How do I use my time? Keep a record and see. You might be surprised as you analyze your notes. Do we use our time for the things we say we believe?
2. How do I spend my money? Is my money where my mouth says I am?
3. What do I get excited about? Where is my passion? What do I do simply because I have to do it and what do I do because of the burning inside me?
4. What do I think about the most?
If that “little Martian” who lives inside of you reports back after the check-up and you’re startled to find that what you’re really living for isn’t at all what you thought you were living for, you might want to make some changes.
For sure we pray and talk to the Lord about it, but it doesn’t stop there. If we live our life successfully, we’ve got to be intentional about it. Plan what you want to be in the Lord then make sure that the things you’re doing with your life are contributing to that.
I like this statement about Judah’s king Jotham, “Jotham became mighty because he prepared his ways before the Lord his God.” (2 Chronicles 27:6, NKJV)
There is intentionality to his success. He “prepared his ways” before the Lord. He wasn’t planning on failing. He planned to succeed so he did what he needed to do to see that happen.
What are your plans? What are you doing about it? Really doing about it!
“Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone – except God,” Billy Graham says. “Yet the farther we get from God, the more the world spirals out of control.”
“My heart aches for America and its deceived people,” Graham continues. “The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance. In Jonah’s day, Nineveh was the lone world superpower – wealthy, unconcerned, and self-centered. When the Prophet Jonah finally traveled to Nineveh and proclaimed God’s warning, people heard and repented.” (Christian Post online)