To Which Kingdom Do You Belong?
I’ve been awake about an hour unable to go back to sleep. I decided to check my email and to my surprise I have only one email from The Pocket Testament League (www.ptl.org), a ministry that offers daily emails called Pocket Devotions. These are scriptural topics with tidbits to think about as well as internal questions designed to keep your focus upon what the Word of God instructs us to do.
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Today’s topic is “To Which Kingdom Do You Belong” and the following scripture verse:
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
This hit home to me as I have been blogging for about a year and attempting to use my blogs to enlighten and inform readers on issues of personal, political and spiritual issues. Often I have become cynical, voicing my complaints, criticisms, throwing into the mix a bit of gossip and fault finding.
This has sort of become my writing style and until I received this devotional for today I never considered what I was doing was not pleasing to God. I did feel it was my God-given right.
The Questions to Ponder really hit home and made me realize the error of my ways.
What does your speech say about your residency? Do you belong to the kingdom of darkness or the kingdom of light? Are your words spoken to build others up according to their needs? Do those who hear you benefit by listening?
Four simple questions that apply to my writing as speech where I have often inserted scripture with personal opinion and lambasting others whom I felt were wrong or had wronged others. WOW! I just slapped myself in the face with my own self-righteousness. This brings me back to one of my recent writings entitled “Anger Without Sin” where I referenced another Pocket Devotional article.
We are created in the image of God. That’s what the Word of God tells us. We struggle daily to think with the mind of God, but because we are simply unable to comprehend or fathom beyond the surface of the wisdom of God we fail miserably.
My personal challenge moving forward will be to write about or choose subject matter that builds up others according to their needs. I want my writings to benefit the reader, without focusing or drawing attention upon myself. For me that will be difficult, unless I let the Spirit of God flow through my writings so that others see God the Father instead of me. – I am the Real Truckmaster!