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Jan 3 Devotion: Mischief in God’s House

Proverbs 10:23 “It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.”

If you define the word mischief (according to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary) it means to cause harm, destruction or damage to something, whether intentionally or unintentionally. I’ve been meditating on the messages we’ve heard over the past few weeks and one point keeps coming to the forefront: Most Christians who come to church are not living in wicked sin, but they do not put Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven as their first priority.

Every Saint should constantly take stock of their daily affairs and their routines and ask themselves this question: “Is this habit/ action keeping me from devoting my all to the things of God?” Often we judge the value of something in our life with a test of whether it is sinful to partake in it. Yet, we also must judge our choices and lifestyle with another test.

Paul said it this way, all things are lawful for me but not all things are expedient. If there is anything in my life that keeps me from devoting all I can to the cause of Christ, I need not do it. It may not be sin, but by definition it is mischievous.

In all likelihood, a Christian does not mean to do harm to the cause of Christ with their mischief, but harm His cause it does. Solomon proclaims that this mischief is sport to the foolish man than cannot see the harm which he causes by his deeds. So why does the foolish saint enjoy mischief? Simply put, because their flesh takes enjoyment is detecting the spirit from the things of God.

It is not enough to ask, is what I’m doing sinful? We must ask, does this do harm to the Savior’s charge to the church? If the answer is yes, it is mischief. If we wish to be true Christian Patriots, we will abhor anything that either intentionally or unintentionally prevents the Lord’s perfect will from being done.

If we truly pledge allegiance to the Lamb, we will count the cost of all we do. No matter how much sport there is to be had, we will reject those things which prove to be wood, hay and stubble. The Lord is coming back soon, and very soon. There is no place in the church or on the life of a believer for absent minded mischief.

Your fellow servant in Christ,

Bro. Jordan Foster

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