Almost everyday I have the same dilemma... Should I watch T.V. or not? If so, when? Should I fast it once a week, a whole week, just mornings...
This seemingly simple question keeps me mind whirling for probably longer than it should. I know that tv has been an idol in my life. I know that, in the past, I have placed it's importance before my love of God. And praise God, I truly believe He is bringing me to the place where I can watch it or not watch it, and I'm fine. But the question remains, should I even watch it at all.
Today in my devotions, I read II Corinthians 6:17-7:1
"'Therefore come out from them and be separate,' says the Lord.
'Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.'
'I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,' says the Lord Almighty.'
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God."
I know in my heart, that when the Bible refers to "sons," most of the time I can take that to mean me too. But there is something about seeing "daughters" that thrills my heart. He's not just taking sons to Himself, He's taking daughters too. That's me! My God is asking me to keep myself separate, because He wants to be my Father even more than I want to be His daughter.
I don't believe that if I watch tv, God will hate me. I don't think He'll be mad at me. I don't even think that He will punish me... yet, these are all lies that hold me in fear of God.
Instead, I will hold onto the truth. God is not asking me to give things up to EARN my salvation. I can't EARN anything. It's like trying to EARN your name. My name is Rebekah Lin Mulford, I can't change that no matter what I do.
But along with my name comes certain characteristics. As a Mulford, I am very close to my family. I tend toward competitiveness. I have a heritage of Faith. I am a Messianic Jewish Believer. I could go on and on.
I also hold the name of daughter to the King of Kings. And as God's child, aren't I supposed to have certain characteristics, ways that distinguish me from all other spiritual families.
That's why I want to perfect holiness. Not out of some obligation, but because I reverence God...I adore my All in All.
I'm going to struggle. I'm probably going to watch tv at some point today. I will sin, hopefully unknowingly. But I'm going to keep pressing on, leaving the things that are past in the past, and taking hold of the future that my Father has for me. A future that includes me as a new creation.