All seeing (10-06-22)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Recently I was given a treat. It was a full tube of salt and vinegar flavoured Pringles. This is my favourite savoury flavour, and it has been a while since we had any in the house.
I am recuperating from a leg operation, so am not able to undertake any household activity. Consequently, I was residing alone in the lounge, watching one of my favourite crime detectives, Poirrot.
The crisps hit the right spot. It was my intention to consume just some of the tube, but one dreamy mouthful led to another, and soon the majority of the tube had been consumed.
I knew at this point that selfishness was rearing its head, that I should stop here, and that others would also expect me to stop here. But when those others entered the room, I was caught holding an empty tube of Pringles. Those others include the Holy Spirit.
There are some instances where full transparency might not be appropriate, but the knowledge of the Holy Spirit is not one of them.
The Holy Spirit sees everything that I do, and I have no-where to hide. It is not just myself who I am letting down, it is also Jesus. Jesus has given his life for me, and it is simply polite that I should change my behaviour in gratitude for his mercy.
Banning Pringles from the house is an incomplete solution. I need to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for me and obey his inner voice. Then my behaviour shall be more pleasing both to God and to myself.
Jesus, you fought off temptation.
You did not give in.
Please grant me the faith to do this
and to follow you in obedience.