Scripture Reading: â€œCast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.â€ (Psalm 51:11)
We are reminded here, by this anxious cry of Davidâ€™s, of the Apostle Paulâ€™s fear of becoming a â€œcastawayâ€ (1 Corinthians 9:27). Whereas David feared being abandoned by Godâ€™s Spirit, Paul feared being shelved by the Spirit of God in the service of Christ. One was fearful of being cast asideâ€”of being alienated from Godâ€”the other of becoming a castawayâ€”of becoming useless to God. In Davidâ€™s case, his fear stemmed from sins committed. In Paulâ€™s case, his anxiety stemmed from the possibility of committing such sins if he failed to daily discipline himself and keep himself under constant self-control.
What worse fate could possibly befall a child of God than being cast aside or becoming a castaway. What reason would there be to wake-up in the morning to live a Spiritless day of spiritual uselessness? The mere thought should send shivers up and down the spine of every true saint of God, as well as provide us with more than enough incentive to discipline ourselves to live daily lives under the Spiritâ€™s constant control.
Although we are assured today of never being spiritually orphaned in this world (John 14:18 NIV) or of anything separating us from â€œthe love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lordâ€ (Romans 8:39), our fellowship with God can be broken and our uselessness to God impaired by repeated and unrepentant sin. Therefore, the Christian must be ever on his guard against sin in his life, especially sins that so easily entangle us and estrange us from God (Hebrews 12:1). Otherwise, we may loose all that gives purpose to life; namely, Godâ€™s presence in our lives and our potential usefulness to God in the carrying out of His plans and purposes in this world.
â€œDo you mortify? Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.â€ (John Owen)