What Have You Done?

Imagine how upset you would be if you gave something of great value to someone and they simply left it out in the elements and it was ruined?  This was the scene before Israel in Jeremiah 13:1-11.  God gave Israel a picture of how she had been treating the covenant relationship He had with her.

“Thus says the Lord to me, ‘Go and buy a linen loincloth and put it around your waist, and do not dip it in water. Take the loin cloth and bury it in the cleft of the rock in Euphrates… After many days the Lord said, ‘Arise go and take from there the loin cloth.”  So I arose and went.  And behold the loincloth was spoiled; it was good for nothing,” Exerts from Jeremiah 13:1-7.

This loincloth was a picture of the close relationship God had with Israel.  The loincloth was worn closest to the body.  Israel choose to disregard the relationship they had with God.  They choose to go after other Gods and the goods of this world.  So in doing they made this relationship of no value.

Question, “What have you done with your relationship with Christ?”  Can you honestly say, “Christianity is of great value in your life?”  I sometimes meet people who say, “I tried Christianity and it did not work for me.”  In such encounters I often ask the person, “How much of an investment did you make in Christianity?”  Without exception, I discover people who have just tried to add Christ to what they were already doing.  There was no life change, no turning from sin, and no seeking to grow in Christlikeness.  Yes their faith did look like the loincloth because they simply buried it in the ground of a sinful life.

So what is the path that you and I should take today?  We must follow a different path.  This path is laid out by Paul in I Corinthians 6:19, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?  You are not your own, for you were  bought with a price.  So glorify God in your body.”  

I was greatly challenged to take daily inventory of my life.  Do I truly valuing the relationship I have with Christ?  As I take inventory, I am reminded of how Satan seeks to slip in evil scenes before my eyes and evil thoughts in my mind.  I am reminded how my old nature wants to pull me back into its clutches. At the same time I am reminded, by God, to invest in those things that will build my fellowship with Him.  As I read His word, I protect my eyes and mind.  As I invest in purity I am able by the power of God to overcome the clutches of my old nature.

Some day we will stand before our Lord and He will ask us, “What have you done with what I gave you?”  Oh how I pray that we can give an account that we have invested in our relationship through a life that has brought glory to Him.

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