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Bogged Down, or, A full Pull

Bogged Down, Or, A Full Pull
    I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God. Psalms 69:3 (NIV)
    Have you ever seen truck and tractor pulls on T.V.? It is a unique event that is run all across America, and it entails a truck or tractor with a very large engine (Sometimes 3 of them), hooked to a long trailer that is called a sled. It pulls the sled through a course of loamy horsepower robbing dirt that is approximately 300 feet in length. On top of the sled is a large amount of weight towards the back of the sled. As the truck moves down the course, the weight slides forward, which increases the total load thereby making it difficult at best to even finish across the line. If you were so fortunate to make it all the way, it is referred to as a full pull.
    I bring up this unusual but exciting sport to use it in an analogy. I was getting up off the ground the other day, and I couldnt believe the amount of effort it took to just get up. It never use to take that much effort, or at least I dont recall it taking that much effort. And I certainly dont remember the amount of aches and pain that I feel either.
    When Adam ate that apple in the Garden of Eden, it started the process of both physical and spiritual death. The spiritual death happened immediately, while the physical started right away but took years to come about. We werent created to die initially. In fact we were designed to live forever and to live in fellowship with God. That is why we fight so hard to stay alive, because it is built into our human design to live forever.
     I have determined that my body is aging. It seems to be doing it faster than ever before. It is kind of like those tractor sleds with weight on them. As I get older, it seems like gravity is taking over more and more, just like the weight sliding forward, it is getting continually harder. I use to just blaze through the day and not think at all of the physical requirements of whatever was needed. But now, it is different.
    I find it intriguing that as we get older, we value things differently, and we dont take for granted the things that we are able to do as much as we use to. I think that is one of the reasons God allows our body to deteriorate. We begin to feel the effects, and we become more interested in what is going to happen next, as we realize that we are not going to continue in this state forever. It is a built in system that will naturally lead a person to want to seek and know God closer, because as we become dependent, we reach out and ask for help.
    I have a saying that I like to use; when we come to the end of ourselves, then God can now take over and He can start His work in us.
    I think that it is our fleshly nature to live and play hard, putting too much emphasis on what we want to accomplish; what we want to buy, and what we want to do for fun, etc. Sometimes our desires can be the very weight that bogs us down. And, just as in the case of the tractor pulls, we dont make it to the end of the course. We come to a screeching halt right in the middle and just as fast as it started, it is over.
    And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV)
    There is much more to life, then living to play, and to obtain worldly possessions. The one with the most toys does not win, he simply dies like the rest of us, and another takes what he has earned. God doesnt care about the toys, he cares about how much the toys mean to us. When they become more important than Him, they have become your god. You can know how important they are by how much time you spend on each of them, it is that simple. When we loose our priority, we loose our love for God, and our relationship with Him suffers as it is choked out.
    But the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Mark 4:19 (NIV)
    God has given each of us a certain amount of time here in this body, and on this earth. We should use it wisely, because we dont know when that time will end. We need not fear physical death if were saved and were abiding in the Lord, because we are spiritually alive, and we will soon be given a new body when the old one fails. After all, we cant take this fleshly body to heaven anyway.
    Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 1Corinthians 15:50 (NIV)
    There are many people during this economic time who are shedding the weight of their possessions and seeking to get back to that daily fellowship with their Lord. It is a good thing, and they will be rewarded. Who knows, with all that weight lifted off, maybe theyll end with a full pull in life.
    STUDY QUESTION: According to Hebrews 9:27, what happens after we die?
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself bogged down because of the cares and wants of this world?
    APPLICATION: Take your eyes off of worldly wants, cares, and desires, and put them on Jesus, His Word, and the eternal things that will matter when we end our life.
    Father, Thank You for being so gracious and loving to me a sinner. Help me continue to focus on the things that matter the most, eternal things. Help me to see things in the way that You do so that I might see the importance or lack thereof. In Jesus precious name, amen&
    Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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