"Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over..." (Ephesians 4:19)
In Ephesians 4, Paul is admonishing Christians to live as children of the light. He is talking about unbelievers when he says they have lost all sensitivity, but there are times as Christians when we are insensitive as well. Am I sensitive to what God is showing me as a person, wife or mom? Am I sensitive to the Holy Spirit convicting me of me sin? Do I listen to the persistent voice in my head telling me to pray for someone when I am in the midst of something else? Do I realize He is calling me to change an area of my life, or live differently than I have been?
Baseball keeps us on our toes. Keeping up with the daily games, the busy off-days, the DL stints, the moving, the trades, the new teams, make for little time to devote to anything else. Baseball life is certainly full of many things that keep us busy and focused. What about our Christian life?
The life we live in Christ should be first before the life we live in baseball. When God’s desires for our lives are at the center, we stay sensitive. We see His hand, so to speak, in many areas. We trust Him more readily with our circumstances. We acknowledge His love, kindness and goodness as we live in His mercy and grace.
It takes energy, dedication and wisdom to live for the Lord. It also requires that we be sensitive and discerning. We must not give ourselves over to another kind of life that lacks in deep ways when compared to the abundant Christian life. Our constant pursuit must be to center our lives around Christ.
When we take our eyes off God and put them on anything else, we may become insensitive to the things of God. Idols easily take over when we let our guard down.
"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me." (Deuteronomy 5:6-7)
Keep God first and be sensitive to Him. Read, pray, take up your cross and follow Him, denying yourself always.
Prayer: Father, lead me, teach me, and keep me focused on You. Make me so sensitive that when something is not right for my family or me, it will be obvious right away. Make me sensitive to how You want to use me in ways that will honor You.
Suggested Reading: Ephesians 4:20-32