We think of deposits and debits as checks and balances but what if we were to apply this to our spiritual walk and lives?
Many believe our Christianity will all pan out if one is depositing a few nuggets of spiritual application and truth into our souls. But what happens when those deposits are washed away by the debits we have created by our own doing?
What are the debits? The things God calls sin or disobedience. God says if you love me, you will obey me. It is proof of genuine devotion and love not out of duty but a heart full of thanksgiving and praise for our Father in heaven. God doesn't want a religious ceremony, He wants our hearts.
God has given us a mind, body and soul to care for. He gives us instructions in His word just how to do this. It keeps us on our Shepherd's path so we do not go the way of the world or go astray in any of those areas.
What happens when you continue to make those debits to your spiritual account? You end up bankrupt, dry and empty.
27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
So what is it going to take to stop those debits? First stop will be at the cross of Christ. Jesus didn't die just so we could go on our merry way and do as we please for our own good pleasure. It could lead us into a danger zone where we are lost in our own addictions, desires, religiosity and choices without God. Our lives will be centered around our flesh driven goals rather than on God's ordained plans.
It's a good time to take inventory of how we have invested into our spiritual accounts. There should be plenty of fruit popping up from abiding in the Lord. What is God's Holy Spirit saying to you?
John 15:1-9 (KJV) I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
Debits can have many forms. These are the things God's Holy Spirit has spoken to us about and we are yet to obey. It won't take too long until we are depleted of spiritual strength because we have fought against the Lord Himself. This is like Paul who was kicking against the goads.
Acts 26:14-15 (KJV) And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
Got questions gives a good analogy of the meaning...
Answer: “It is hard for you to kick against the pricks” was a Greek proverb, but it was also familiar to the Jews and anyone who made a living in agriculture. An ox goad was a stick with a pointed piece of iron on its tip used to prod the oxen when plowing. The farmer would prick the animal to steer it in the right direction. Sometimes the animal would rebel by kicking out at the prick, and this would result in the prick being driven even further into its flesh. In essence, the more an ox rebelled, the more it suffered. Thus, Jesus’ words to Saul on the road to Damascus: “It is hard for you to kick against the pricks.”
So how many times can one be pricked in the flesh before one realizes that God is saying you are going the wrong way. God will give us over to our flesh if we are that stubborn. We will have to pay the consequences though. It's God's mercy extended to a rebellious child of His who thinks they are stronger than He. We all want that prodigal son or daughter to come back home after they have realized they have spent everything on reckless living and now they are starving for pigs food. They have debited their entire lives and ended up feeding pigs.
11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Debits are never God's intended will. He wants to see our lives flourish and grow in Him. Wouldn't it be better to know we are in God's will for doing what is right rather than engaging in our flesh and doing what is wrong.
I think cutting the cord from God is a scary place to be. He won't keep giving one slack which He gradually loosens to allow willful disobedience. We are not to test God to see if He will compromise His word.
God has given us a will to make choices. He gave us a mind, body and soul. We will all have to give an account. Deposits or Debits which will you choose?
2 Corinthians 5:10 (KJV) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Romans 14:11-12 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.