A Woman to Woman Article

Shop ’Til You Drop

“Shop ’til you drop” is a famous saying said by many. When we “hit the mall,” so to speak, we are zealous to look through the stores. The excitement of finding a good deal runs through our blood. We won’t stop until we find what we need or want. We are determined, and many times we literally “shop ’til we drop!”

Are we this zealous about our spiritual life? Instead of “hitting the mall,” let’s hit our Bibles and do some “Scripture shopping.” All we need and want from this life is in God’s word. The key to being happy and blessed is right there in His word, and if we have an open mind, this key can be ours. Jesus says His Way is easy and light (Matt. 11:30). Wow! That’s just what we needed to hear. There is no difficulty in understanding His Way if it is easy and light. 

Now, what do we do next? We are to imitate Jesus Christ, according to 1 Corinthians 11:1 and Ephesians 5:1. How do we do this? We walk His walk and talk His talk! Jesus Christ continually walked and talked a special Way that pleased His heavenly Father (1 Thess. 4:1). He was obedient to the Father by living to please Him every day. Just as Jesus learned obedience, so must we (Heb. 5:8). Obedience is action—doing what’s right and doing good towards others, especially the less fortunate (James 1:27; Luke 14:13).

When I meet a widow, my heart leaps for joy. I tell myself, “This is a golden opportunity to do God’s Will.” The elderly and widows are a very important part of my life. I love serving them and making them happy for the Lord. However, this is only one phase of God’s Ways and Will. There are many kinds of people we can serve to please God: the orphan, the needy, the poor, the crippled, the deaf, the blind, the stranger, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and we must not forget our families. By our love and service, God may call one of these precious ones to His beautiful Way of life. 

Let’s Scripture shop and find out what kind of spiritual clothing God wants us to wear daily. Let’s clothe ourselves with Christ by serving others continually (Job 29:14-16). Job was eyes to the blind, feet to the lame and a father to the needy. He clothed himself with righteousness by doing good continually. It’s time that we do what’s right and clothe ourselves with righteousness. Let’s walk the way Jesus walked and talk the way Jesus talked. It’s time to be an example of kindness and goodness always, as Jesus Christ was, and prove to the Lord that we want to be His friends, rather than friends of this world (James 2:23).

Let’s hit our Bibles with all the zeal that we hit the mall with, and let God teach us so He can answer our prayers for more wisdom, knowledge and understanding. We know it pleases the Lord to study to show ourselves approved, so let’s Scripture shop daily and please Him (Acts 17:11; 1 Tim. 2:15)!

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