S: “Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.” Matthew 26:41 (MSG)
O: I hate that this resonates so much with me – especially the part about the old lazy dog by the fire.
A: Why does my flesh desire comfort over transformation? Because I don’t want to do the work. Because the work requires effort – it requires me to leave my place of warmth and comfort – it causes interruption. And my flesh wants to be the boss of me. It tells me I can do what I want when I want. But the Spirit says to do what God desires when He desires it.
Just as You modeled on that night in Gethsemane.
It’s a moment-to-moment choice. It’s nothing passive, but more active – more engaging. And it starts with submission to You, dying to self, and seeking Your will above my own.
It requires me to wake up and get up!
When I picture an old lazy dog by the fire, I see one who is at the end of his race. One who can no longer hear and probably can’t see.
Wake up, dog! Your time’s not up!
Feed the spirit, starve the flesh.
P: Lord, wake me up! No more lazy dogs. Don’t let me sleep by the fire – ignite one within me instead! Set me ablaze and get me moving!
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