Today, I was so excited about getting on my new treadmill! Starting today, I could exercise when ever time was found to do so. Even in the middle of the night, if I so desired! I popped gum in my mouth and I was good to go.
After about ten minutes of a steady light run, all the wet had been sucked out of my gum. Pulling a new piece out of my pocket, I popped it in my mouth without breaking my stride. But, the old piece of gum fell out of my mouth and onto the moving belt of the treadmill—and stuck!
Every time it came by, I tried, unsuccessfully, to kick it off the belt with my foot. Realizing that the gum could ruin the expensive piece of equipment, I judged the speed and leaned down, hoping to swipe the errant piece of gum up as it glided by.
As I leaned over to grab, free hand holding onto the stationary front, I lost my balance and threw myself onto the floor; taking out the end table, the lamp, the magazine rack and a basket of laundry. Further proving that I can’t multitask.
Like walking while trying to pick something up, when we try to live by the world’s standards and still serve Christ, in time, we fall and make a mess. We must set aside the things of this world; the common language, the neglect of Godly pursuits and the activities that don’t fit the Christ life.
As a Christian, I can’t live triumphantly in Christ if I have one foot in the world. Sadly, when I try to walk with Christ AND have one foot in the world, I also damage my testimony of the Christ life to those who are watching me. Every day, every moment, I have to choose who I will serve.
Joshua 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”