Time to Evaluate
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” James 3:9-12 NIV
As we grow in our faith, we won’t be sinless but we should sin less. Have you heard this saying? It really is a fact. You’ll know that you’re truly growing and changing when you can’t be in the world and of it.
You will feel convicted when you leave church and have road rage. Lead prayer and curse a heffa out. Go to Bible study, then turn up at the club. Worldly things that use to entertain you won’t anymore. You’ll begin to see that water and salt cannot, in fact, flow from the same spring.
Intimacy with God naturally changes you. That’s literally what I love so much about Him! The more time you spend in prayer, the more you evolve. It’s easier to be slow to anger. You exude patience. You control your heart, you don’t follow it. Side note: “follow your heart” is unsound advice. The Bible specifically tells us that the heart is deceitful. It says “who can know it?” You lead your heart! The closer you get to God, you realize that He provides you with all of the tools necessary to make solid decisions. You are equipped to tell your heart what to do! To control your tongue. To be disciplined.
As lent hastens to a close, let us consider this question—what kind of water does your spring produce?