I’ve been doing a series with our students called, “I Lay Me Down.” We’ve been talking about what it looks like to set ourselves down and to work towards whatever God calls us to. Morality for so many is an ideal that is out there with little-to-no day-to-day purpose. But I think we are missing the mark.
Does the way you live your life matter? I think most of us would agree that it does. But let me pose a couple of more questions: Does the way you live you life matter to your church? Does the way you live your life matter to your community? Here I think that our answers might be considerably more vague. Overall, many would probably say that it does, but it would be in the vaguest, most removed since possible.
I was reading an except from CS Lewis this morning on morality. According to Lewis, morality has 3 concerns: (1) external harmony, (2) internal harmony, and (3) purpose. Morality is concerned with how we live with other people, it is concerned with our internal state, and it is concern with the purpose that gives life direction.
He uses the illustration of a fleet of ships to explain. A fleet does not function if its ships are colliding with one another OR drifting apart. They have to sail together. A fleet also does not function if the individual ships within it are not sea worthy, if they are not mechanically sound. Finally, a fleet does not function properly if it does not get to the proper destination.
I think that we, Christians, too often forget that how we live our individual lives, day in and day out, has repercussions beyond our own lives and even our own families. I’ve been in the book of Ezekiel in my devotional time for a while, before that Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Lamentations. These prophetic books largely speak of God’s judgement of Israel.
In my own mind and probably in your mind as well, I think of Israel as a nation rather than as a nation made up of individuals. I don’t consider the ordinary people who lived and worked normal lives in Israel, but in God’s judgement, the way they lived their lives mattered. Ultimately they failed to do what God had called them to do. Ultimately, the individuals in Israel worshipped idols, money, sex, and pride.
So, how are you living your life? Are you living your life to the standards of God? Are you seeking his heart in all that you do?