Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. —Judges 17:6

            People, left to themselves, living for themselves, will do what is right in their own eyes.  This is where things become relative and people say there are no absolutes.  They will say, “Well, that is what you believe, but don’t agree.”  Or, they may say, “There are many ways to believe and not just one way” or “That’s good for you, but not me.”  This is the way of man when they do not pay attention to the absolute authority of God and His Word.  They want to be a god unto themselves.

            This is why people worship at the altar of abortion, the altar of sexual promiscuity, the altar sexual perversion, the altar of climate change, the altar of lawlessness, the altar of power, the altar of wealth…  These, and others, are the altars of people doing what is right in their own eyes.  They do not consider God.  They do not consider what He says  If they do consider Him, they wind up making Him a god of their own choosing so they can worship at the altar of their own desires.

            But these selfish altars and self-made gods are only temporary.  People can do what is right in their own lives, but that is only temporary, short-sighted and short-lived. 

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” —Mark 8:34-38

            That which is temporary is so miniscule when compared to eternity.  Why would one worship at the altar of the temporary when they could worship our Lord God Almighty, the only Eternal, loving, gracious and kind God?  It is because there are those who simply do not want anything to do with the Father and do not want to call on Jesus to forgive them of their sin and live for Him.  They want to do what they want to do.

            But, brother and sister, fellow follower of Jesus, there are those who will call on Jesus, just like we did.  God has given us the responsibility to bring the message to them.  May we be faithful and do so— “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:15).  Oh, may our feet be beautiful!

Dear Father, may I bring the gospel message to someone today.  May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of You Son Jesus.  So be it!

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