Psalm 39:6 (Amplified Bible)
"Surely every man walks to and fro--like a shadow in a pantomime; surely for futility and emptiness he is in turmoil; each one heaps up riches, not knowing who will gather them."
There's a portrait of a life that needs to change.
Shadow People. Living life as a pantomime of reality.
Filled with emptiness. How's that for a paradox? A true oxymoron.
An exercise in futility. Always in some sort of turmoil.
Some people live their entire lives in that fashion.
It's the life of self-control.
How can you tell if someone has not given themselves over completely to Christ?
Simply look at the outward signs.
How one lives is how one is.
How a person prioritizes their life is a big clue for me.
Hey let's face it, everybody has their difficulties. Christians are not immune.
It's when those difficulties are self inflicted because of a simple misalignment of priorities that cause some to walk among the shadows mimicking life instead of living life.
Did you catch that? I said some mimic life rather than living life.
Order your life.
God ALWAYS comes first. In everything.
Blow off this simple advice (and I have seen it firsthand), and watch how life dissolves from a tangible solid into a shadowy, vacuous mist.
Shadow People are selfish and therefore are oblivious until it's too late when (or if) they realize that they have sucked everything and everyone around them into their black hole of nothingness.
The children do not need Shadow People for parents. With no direction and Godly example, they will become Shadow People too.
Dad's what are you doing to your children by choosing against God?
Mom's what example do you set with your unhappiness and self-anesthetizing?
Shadow People need to step out of the ethereal darkness and materialize as Children of God.
There is a lot more at stake than what most think.
Future generations are relying upon you to take your place and be counted among the brethren.
Bound in the dark shadows of a living tomb, Jesus says today, "Come forth!"
Know that I am praying for all of you.
Run everything past Jesus first!
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><