Be Conscious of God
One of the things that the apostle Peter talked about is being conscious of God. Do you know what that word conscious means? Aware of God. If you got real busy right now and just started thinking about other things that you like to do or you want to do, you could actually put a ceiling over your head in your heart where you don’t think about God at all. You don’t feel God. You don’t feel responsible to God. You’re not afraid of sinning. You’re not thinking about being in love with God. You can get yourself so busy, get your motors running as we’ve talked about before, where all you’re thinking about is this sort of thing, instead of lifting your heart.
Now the fact that your parents have decided to follow Jesus and they’re going to be with Him for a billion years in heaven, doesn’t mean that you are. You realize that of course. Everybody has to make their own decision -- whether they’re going to live for themselves or they’re going to live for God. Every last one of you guys have to make that decision. Whether you’re an adult or a child, you have to decide if you’re going to live as one that’s conscious of God or only conscious of yourself and what you want out of life. What you think is unfair, what you want to do, how people treat you, whether they like you and whether you like them, and all this kind of junk, what you want to play or what you want to be when you grow up. Or at work -- your latest project or promotion or the different office politics or junk. You can decide if you’re going to life this way, desires for the world, desires for yourself and how you’re viewed and what you like and don’t like -– all about you, you, you, you ,you, you, you. The only thing in your world is what comes out of your two little windows and what’s behind your two little windows. That’s all that matters to you. Or you can be “conscious of God” as Peter said.
If you’re conscious of God you’re going to make a different kind of decision than if you’re not conscious of God. I’m speaking to you young guys again. If your parents ask you to do some work (whether it’s house work or educational work or whatever) and your mind is thinking, “But I want to go play or I want to listen to music or I want to do this or I want to do that…” What do you need to do with that thought? These thoughts that are running in your mind of what you want to do. What do you need to do with that thought if you’re conscious of God?
Push that thought aside. You have a choice. You can actually decide whether that thought continues in your mind or if you choose to push that thought aside and say, “I’m conscious of You, God, and I know that’s a selfish thought that has to do with me.” And of it’s rebellion against your parents or if it’s desiring something that God doesn’t want you to desire, you can decide to push those thoughts aside and become conscious of God. That’s a decision you can make. You can soften your heart as the Bible said, “Today, if you hear his voice, harden not your heart.” That means, you can decide to not be conscious of God and continue to think about what you want to think about or you can soften your heart and turn towards God and offer these terrible thoughts or these selfish thoughts or these competitive thoughts or these jealous thoughts or whatever the garbage is. You can offer that as a gift to God and become conscious of Him and soften your heart. Lift your hands to Him in your heart.
So whether you’re even a Christian or not at this point in your life, that is a decision you can make. That you can decide, “I know that thought is not from God, and I want to be conscious of God.” Not just right or wrong, not just what you will get in trouble for or not get in trouble for but actually conscious of God, where you raise your heart to be aware of God and to be a worshipper and a lover and an obedient follower of His, in spite of what your flesh wants.
Get out from behind those two little windows where your whole world only has to do with you, you, you, you, you -- what’s fair, what you want, what you like, what you want to do, all that stuff. Get out of those two little windows and decide you’re going to turn the eyes of your heart, as the Bible says, towards heaven and become conscious of God. Decide to think about what God wants instead of thinking about what I I I I I I I want with these two little plastic windows right here.
So a choice that we make to move our hearts closer to God and to be more like Him and to let the Spirit of God soften us and change us because we’re aware of Him rather than just ourselves.