Saturday, February 16, 2019

February 16

”In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.” (Luke 12:1-2)

To make a ship sail well, there must be balance between what is under the water and what is above. Sailboats with high sails need a deep keel under the boat to prevent it from overturning.
The reason why the Royal sailing ship Vasa sank in the waters just outside the central parts of Stockholm in the 17th century was that it had too little ballast. The ship had too much weight above the surface, the visible portions, and too little weight under the surface.
In my Christian life it can easily be that I put a lot of effort into embellishing the visible – that which is above the surface. We are often eager to show a grand “sail”. But if we neglect the necessity of a corresponding weight under the surface, our life’s ship will capsize and overturn. The necessary ballast under the surface is our daily fellowship with God, as we read the Bible and feed our soul with God’s thought and as we pray to Him.

Help me Lord to have balance between the things that others can see and understand of me, and the relationship I have with You when we are alone – just You and me.

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