My ESL students added butter, sugar and eggs to their mixing bowls. Then the whirring of the hand mixers sounded through the kitchen. One group of boys so enjoyed the kitchen gadget that they blended their ingredients far longer than necessary. After stirring in the flour, salt, baking soda and chocolate chips the kids rolled the dough into balls and dropped them onto the cookie sheets. Opening the oven doors they slid the cookies into the preheated ovens. The same boys who had been so enthralled with the mixer insisted on setting the timer on their oven; picture six boys surrounding the stove each offering their advice on how to set the timer!
What if we became so enthralled with Jesus that we insisted on spending every moment of the day with Him? What if we just naturally followed Him like the morning sun follows the night sky? What if we insisted on sticking to Him like white cat hair on our favorite black sweater?
What if we avoided everything that took our eyes off Jesus for even just a moment? I think my decisions, based on spending time with Jesus, would probably be pretty well blended rather than just barely thought through. My timing for helping others, avoiding the appearance of evil, praising God for His goodness and sharing God’s love, joy, and peace, would be perfectly timed instead of missed opportunities to share in the work of God because I was too self-centered to keep my eyes on Him.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10