Sir Isaac Newton came up with some interesting scientific theories, many of which we still rely on today. The interesting thing is that these are some theories that truly apply to our Christian lives.
It has been proven over and over that two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Think about car accidents: it seems drivers are always trying to prove this theory false. Sometimes the result of testing this theory is very traumatic and sometimes it's almost comical. Sadly, too many times it ends tragically.
It can also be said that two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time in our hearts and minds. It may seem like there are hundreds of thoughts going through our minds at the same time when we are busy at work or trying to get a major project done at home. However, the truth is much simpler. Our minds are just racing to keep up with the demand of the challenge at hand. Only one thought is being processed at a time.
Our hearts have the same limitations. Only one thing can make itself at home in our hearts at one time. Either it is the love of God or the love of something else. It cannot be both.
Jesus spoke about this in the Bible when he said we could not serve two masters at the same time. We cannot serve God and man at the same time. We would either love one and hate the other or cling to one and despise the other.
The same thing is true even now. We may go to church. We may even participate in Sunday school and other church activities. None of this means we are true worshippers of God. It may mean we are going through motions.
There are many Christians who do all these things because they love God and it is all the natural outflowing of their faithfulness to the God of their hearts.
Unfortunately, for many, it is simply a way to try to fit in. That is the real miracle of what Jesus is all about. We don't have to fit in. There are so many ways we can do God's will that it isn't important to fit in or to look like everybody else. All we have to do is love God with all our hearts, all our minds, all our soul, and all our might.
It is true devotion to whatever it is that God calls us to do that makes the difference. Once this is done then only one thing can occupy our hearts--the love of God.
How can this be done? It really is so simple even a child can understand it. Jesus says he is the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except by him. It says in the book of Romans that if we believe that Jesus is Lord and confess with our mouth that God has raised him from the dead, we will be saved. That's it. No magic or tricks. No rituals or obligations. Just believe that Jesus is Lord.
Our other choice is to let the things of this world take up residence in our hearts. It would seem so wise. It would seem like the common sense thing to do. There's only one problem: none of this can save us from ourselves.
When this life is done, there is nothing we can take with us beyond the grave. Nothing goes with us. Only what we believe can take us beyond the grave or keep us trapped in the hell we've created for ourselves by the sins of disbelief.
Which object do you choose to occupy your heart? It's a simple question that has profound and everlasting consequences. Test God and see his good and perfect will.
Author of Death of a Green Soldier
Why Your Teenager Doesn't Respect You - And what you can do to fix it
Dec 1, 2013
When we go to the doctor's office, we inevitably hear the words, "This may hurt a little." You are about to read some things may hurt a little, but I'm hopeful that like a tetanus shot, it will hurt initially and leave you better off in the end.
A short story by Michael Wright: Lost in Teen - Part 1
Dec 4, 2013
After putting his books back in his locker, Mark found his way to the exit doors where Jeff and Matt were waiting for him. They walked quietly from school to Jeff's house. It was good to feel the warmth of the sun on them this unusually warm fall day. The color of the leaves was growing bright. This made it more enjoyable to all of them as they walked through the historic small town.
Lost in Teen: Part 2
by Michael Wright
Dec 15, 2013
Mark had decided to head back to his campsite. He'd been living in the woods, but hadn't told anyone. It wasn't easy living like he was. Mark could remember reading Mark Twain's book "Huckleberry Finn." It had always seemed so inviting to live with no parents and no cares. It was a lot different living it for real.
Michael Wright is a resident of Albuquerque, N.M. After an honorable discharge from the United States Army, Michael Wright earned his master's degree in Secondary Counseling and worked with troubled teens for more than 20 years.
He has recently published a 374 page book called Death of a Green Soldier which was released on June 20th and about which a short comment was published at Magic City on November 16, 2013