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Are We Being Deceived?

All too often, I see people who call themselves Christians caught up in controversies that have little or nothing to do with the Church. I don't mean to say that these causes are not right, or it is something God would not have us stand for, but we obsessively seek after things while rarely (if ever) speaking of God's word, or His truths. Our Cause should always be the Great Commandment and the Great Commission; Jesus Christ should be at the center of everything we do. If He's not, we should beware! We get drawn away by good things from He who is best! Consider, if you will, the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42). Martha was drawn away from Christ, who was in her own home, because she was worried about the presentation, the preparation, and the party of guests she had. Mary was concerned about the Guest, and sat at His feet. In the end, Jesus deemed that Martha worried about a great Many Things, but Mary chose what was best. How often are we drawn away from the feet of the master by a a great many cares? How often do we say "yeah, but...." when confronted with Biblical truth? How often do we point out how it seems others are doing nothing, when we're too busy to notice they're sitting at Jesus' feet? Are we being deceived? Are our causes, no matter how noble, drawing us in to a worried frenzy, when Jesus is shouting after us in love "Martha, Martha," attempting to draw us back to Himself? Stop worrying about a great many things, and enjoy His presence. He is justice, He will rule the nations, He will right all the wrongs we have devised or seen. If your cause is just, good! Just don't let it deceive you in to leaving the feet of the Master! Colossians 2 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,  and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

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