“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me...” Matthew 15:8
Have you unfollowed God?
I would imagine most of us would say “no”.
We wouldn’t even think about doing something like that…and yet our actions sometimes speak louder than words. We praise Jesus one minute and the next we curse someone who has irritated us. We acknowledge God on Sunday, but forget to include him in our work or school week. In some ways, we conveniently unfollow God and we don’t even realize it.
I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be labeled by Jesus as one whose heart is far from him…and yet, if I’m honest it sometimes is. There are many distractions in life. There are many time consuming efforts that I engage in that do not edify me and preoccupies my time. Perhaps it’s more like my mind has unfollowed God, because I have failed to include him and invite him even into my thought patterns.
Paul writes in Romans 12:2b “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” When we allow this transformation to take place within our minds – change happens. We check the box to follow God again. We are then able to filter what we allow into our minds which bleeds over into our actions. Without this transformation of the mind and the inclusion and fellowship of God into our lives, we will live but live unfulfilled, empty lives. This sounds stark and cold, but the reality is that we were created with this very relationship in mind. If we either consciously or subconsciously unfollow God, we break this relationship and in our hearts we acknowledge that there is something missing, but we can’t quite put our finger on it. If you’re there right now, perhaps its time to reconnect with God. Perhaps it’s time to acknowledge the many distractions that have taken His place. We can try and try to fill that void with other things, but nothing will fill that God-shaped hole.
Make it your desire to follow after God today!
Train your thoughts, and renew your mind…need help? Ask Him, he’s always available and ready to give you strength.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I confess that sometimes I have unfollowed you. I have failed to include you in my day. I desire today to converse with you and to include you in it all – the good, the bad and the downright ugly. Lead me Lord. I long for your fellowship, and a constant conversation with you. Help me in this discipline of presentness. I want to show up, I want to be present with you through my day today. Grant me your strength through the difficult moments of this day, and allow me your discernment in the decisions that must be made, both great and small. Lord, be in them all today. I choose to follow you Lord. -Amen.