Which is easier-to make your bed in the morning or leave it unmade? To volunteer for a community project or to watch TV all weekend? Leave your car parked in a field, and it will rust and fall apart. The easiest choices reflect the Second Law of Thermodynamics: All work processes tend toward a greater state of disorder over time without fresh injections of new energy.
This law works physically and spiritually. Forget to maintain the spiritual disciplines you have learned and, in time, your life will take on increasing signs of disorder.
Self-centeredness leads to wrong actions like lying, cheating, stealing, gossiping, revenge, abuse, and sexual immorality. Instead of a disordered focus on self, a focus on God and on following His path for us, which He describes in His word, is what keeps our lives in order.
If you can see disorder creeping into your life, make sure you are still giving your first and best to God. Remembering and responding to God’s will takes new energy every day. That’s just the way it is this side of heaven. For those who do not yet follow Christ, know that God does not expect anyone to clean up their lives before coming to Him.
“People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.” Samuel Johnson
Portions of commentary from David Jeremiah’s Pathways devotional, January 5th, and The One Year NIV devotional NT, January 5th.