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Areas in Our Lives Where We Still Reign

Will you examine your heart before God?

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Acts 10:2, ” [Cornelius], a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. “

Background

There is a term in baseball called ” the cycle. ” When a player hits a single, double, triple, and homerun in the same game, he has successfully hit for the cycle. It doesn’t matter what order it happens in, nor does it diminish the feat if the batter makes an out during any other at-bats he might have. Just to hit safely the four possible ways is all that is required. It is very difficult and occurred just twice in Major League Baseball in 2011. As you might expect, numerous hitters are skilled at hitting singles or doubles, many have the power to hit a significant number of homeruns, and some have the speed to occasionally hit triples. But few are able to do them all well, and especially not in the same game. But that doesn’t seem to be the problem for Cornelius, spiritually speaking. He is, to use baseball terms, a complete hitter. Devout and giving, he is faithful in prayer and leads his family in the worship and fear of God. If someone were described that way today, we would think of them as being a godly man and a faithful follower of Jesus.

Application

But are you hitting for the cycle? Is there a devotion and reverence to God? Are you perceived as generous with what you have? Is your relationship with the Lord buoyed by consistent times in prayer? Do you have a biblical fear of God and strive to lead your family to worship Him? Certainly, these are the goals that we all would like to have. But is your heart there? To hope for it is one thing, but to strive for it in your life is quite another.
Many batters would love to hit more homeruns or have a higher batting average, but that doesn’t replace the time and effort that comes with a committed heart. Unfortunately, some of us are content to just be on the team. But Cornelius’ devotion, his daily walk of faith, led God to do amazing things. He performed His own version of the cycle, raising up a devoted follower, responding to his prayers, sending forth His Word, and saving the lost. Now that’s a goal worth striving for. That’s a goal He wants you to be a part of. Will you hit for the cycle with Him?

Charge

As we seek Him today, will you examine your heart before God? Will you lay before Him the areas that still need His reign? Will you move a step closer to hitting for the cycle?


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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