About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman

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Not In The Mood  


Any red-blooded male human being, if willing to admit it, will tell you that one of the most disappointing combination of words spoken to him are, "I'm not in the mood."  Obviously, there are legitimate issues, like sickness and stress, that move our moods.  I'm not addressing those issues.  I'm addressing the fact that both men and women use "not in the mood" as an excuse in all areas of life, not just the one to which I've alluded.  With this in mind, does the Bible say anything about not being in the mood to serve Jesus? 


Most of us would not tell Jesus that we're not in the mood to do as He wishes, although we might as well tell Him.  He knows our thoughts.  Even though we may not say the words, our actions do speak what we don't admit.  Look at what the apostle Peter wrote about not being in the mood to serve Jesus.  1 Peter 3:15 reads:


"But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,"


Here's what the apostle Paul wrote.  2 Timothy 4:2 reads:


"Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction."


According to Peter and Paul, we are to be prepared to serve Jesus in all situations, not just when we are in the mood to do so.  Was their admonition motivated from an inherent intentional character quality that defined who they were, or did something else motivate their admonition?  I'm sure these men had some inherent intentionality but the New Testament shows that both men had moments of weakness.  In the final analysis, their admonition was not based on any inherent character qualities.  They spoke the Word of God.  


We are human.  We do slip into our various moods from time to time, and we always will.  It's the constant battle between flesh and Spirit.  It's a battle we must not give up fighting.  If the Spirit of the Almighty Creator God lives within us, as Christians claim, we possess the Holy Spirit empowered ability, despite our moods, to be in a perpetual state of preparedness to serve Jesus. 


The Christian life is more than simply about being a Christian.  It's about doing the work of a Christian, and being prepared to do the work at any given moment in time.    


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