Some Things You Have to Pass On (Forego).

I’m, Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to tell you about something that happened in the midst of a conversation with my friend Pastor Jonathan Cook. As we were talking, I said something that profoundly struck both of us. At that moment, we stopped the conversation and both wrote it in our smart phones for later reflection. Here’s what I said: “Some things you have to pass on and some things you have to get past.” Then I added, “You have to place more value on hearing and obeying the voice of God than on the things you have, the things you have to pass on (to forego) or the things you have to get past.” I have had time to reflect on my words and find them to be authentic guidelines to a significant God-pleasing life. 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 (NKJV) says, Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. {10} For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

Our lives are filled with God-given opportunities. He does His best to show us the ways we should go, and just as often, the ways to avoid going. Unfortunately, we don’t always value what He shows us or says to us. In addition, we don’t always do our best to obey, even when we know it’s best for us. I’m Dr. Bob. Why do we take foolish chances when we can do the sure thing, which is to obey God? My only answer to this is that we still have carnal tendencies that come from our sin-nature that we acquired from our first parents, Adam and Eve. Thank God that, because of Christ’s atoning sacrifice, we have a superior spiritual-nature and heritage as born-again sons and daughters of the Most High.

Some Things You Have to Pass On-05-03-14