What’s Going into You?
Whatever is coming out of your life is a result of whatever you have allowed to go into you.
Media content is powerful. It has the ability to influence how you see God, life, other people, yourself, your world, and your place in your world. Media content shapes your value system and convictions. How you conduct yourself and the things you pursue in life reflect what you watch, listen to, read, and follow.
The cliche goes that “a picture is worth a thousand words” and explains how a one-minute video can stick in your mind for many years and deeply embed in your spirit man to the point of affecting your attitude and behavior. This is no wonder that corporate organizations worldwide invest billions in advertising and never go wrong. According to Gen.8:22, “while the earth remains, seed-time and harvest…shall not cease”.
What You Sow is What You Reap
The environment around your life is very crucial such that the potential in you is either brought out to maximum or cut off. Negative content will give a wrong perception of life and cause you to lead a wasted life. But godly content will shape your thoughts and organize you to see life as God sees it. Then you will be able to live right and reap the benefits thereof.
This is a call to use the members of our body for godly purposes only because we do not belong to ourselves. When Jesus died on the cross, He put a value on your life by redeeming you from under the law of sin—and bringing you under the law of Life. He is the One in charge of our lives and has the authority to decide what we should do with our lives. Reading God’s Word lets you discern what content to allow into your heart. Our hearts are to be guarded with all diligence since matters of Life arise from our hearts. Instead, let us hide God’s Word in our hearts, and our lives will reflect God’s Character.
You can do this by visiting godly sites and blocking any information not supported by God’s Word. You need to use the media facilities at your disposal to glorify God.
Ingesting the Word
Our lives need God’s Word to provide the necessary ingredients for one to produce fruit. Likewise, God’s Word is the water that nourishes your spirit man, and you cannot survive without the clarity of God’s Word in your life. The Word of God sheds light on your path as you walk, directing you on where to place your feet as you walk so as not to step on anything harmful.
A certain lady was walking, coming from a friend’s house on a very dark night without a flashlight. She stepped on a cobra, and it got so irritated and bit her immediately and coiled itself around her leg. She wasn’t too far from her house so thankfully, her husband heard her screams. They killed the snake and rushed her to the hospital. Her leg was amputated simply because she didn’t see where she was stepping. This is a physical example of what happens to our spiritual lives without the light of God’s Word.
Lately, I’ve made it a habit of asking people how often they read their Bible. I found that most people read their Bibles when they have some spare time. To many Christians, they feel it is not a priority. They read their academic study materials, watch television, follow other social media posts and spend more time chitchatting at work more than they read the Bible. The excuse is that everyone is busy and life is hard and very demanding of the little time available. But I would like to challenge you who feel justified with this excuse to have a rethink. I have discovered that it is about being intentional. You always create time for what is important to you. Here is a prayer point, “Lord, open my eyes to see the importance of Your Word to my Life.”
Your Heart Is Where You Keep Your Treasure
According to Jesus, your heart is where your treasure is, so we need to put our treasure where moths and rust cannot destroy. Because your heart will navigate to where your treasure is. The question is, where is this place where moths and rust cannot destroy? It still goes back to the fact that you have been bought with a price and do not belong to yourself anymore.
You belong to the One who bought you. The flip side is that those who do not believe in the work that Jesus accomplished on the cross of redeeming us from darkness and bringing us to His marvelous light belong to the darkness. There is no middle ground where one can belong to themselves. Where we invest our money shows where our hearts truly are. You are controlled by whom you have submitted to. Jesus being your Lord, should be the One to decide what you should do with your time or money. Whatever money you make at the end of the month or week or if it’s a daily wage belongs to your Lord.
God’s wisdom will fill your eyes and mind, and you will do the right things with the money in your hands, like a faithful steward managing God’s resources. God is your source, not your employer or your business. If these are your source, then it means that that is where your heart is. It means you adore them, and Jesus is not, Lord.
If your 1-Life is to be sowed wholly for God’s purposes, you cannot settle on the tithe and say that you are the one to decide on what to do with the remaining 90%. God is interested in directing everything about you because He owns you. Remember, If Jesus is not Lord OF ALL, He is not Lord AT ALL.