Wrong Priorities

Someone broke into our church again.  The good news is nothing was taken and the damage to the building was minimal.  But as expected, we are looking at what we can do to better secure the building from future mischief. Various ideas have been proposed.  Deadbolts on the windows?  Installing a security system?  Doberman pincers?    The truth of the matter, though, is that someone entered the building through a window that was inadvertently left unlocked.

As I was thinking about what we should do to protect the church, it dawned on me – how often are we leaving the windows of our lives open for easy access by the Enemy who wants to work mischief in our lives?    Did we have  a good security system in place that someone worked hard to circumvent?  No, all he had to do was slide the unlocked window open.  Are we diligent in our efforts to keep Satan at bay in our lives?  No, too often we are leaving the windows open.

Peter put it this way:   “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him…”  (1 Peter 5:8-9a) 

The challenge for us is to look at our lives to see how we are leaving ourselves open for Satan to come in and disrupt our lives.  What windows are you leaving open?  Consider your mind.  How often do we open the windows of our mind to ungodly influences?  We read books that glorify sin.  We listen to music that encourages unrightousness. We watch television shows and movies which portray lifestyles totally opposite from the high calling of Jesus Christ for us.

If we are honest we will admit that it is worse than accidentally leaving a window open for sin here and there.  It is actually much worse.  We throw open the windows of our hearts and minds and joyfully welcome sinful influences in.   Instead of being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2) we allow our minds to be polluted again and again by the thinking of the world more and more.

Peter is clear.  We should be alert and on guard.  The Enemy wants to devour us.   Our actions show that we are not serious about this struggle against sin.  We invite the lion into our lives and then act surprised when we get bitten.

Our priorities are wrong.  Seriously wrong.  We will invest in security systems and locks to keep burglars out of our physical houses.  But then we will do nothing to protect the precious spiritual lives that God has given to us.   We leave the windows and doors open to welcome sin into our lives.

How are you leaving the windows of your life open for Satan to come in?

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