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My Heart Is On Fire by Doug Apple - a short Christian devotional to open the Scriptures and make your heart burn within you!
Is Your Ladder Leaning Against the Wrong Building?
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I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire! (Luke 24:32) This is one of my all-time favorite illustrations. A man spends his life climbing the career ladder. He finally gets to the top, only to realize that it wasn’t what he really wanted after all. He made it to the top of the ladder, but the ladder was leaning against the wrong building. I heard that illustration as a young man and thought, “Wow, I don’t want that to be me. I don’t want to spend my life climbing the wrong ladder.” So how can you know? How can you make sure that the ladder you are climbing is going the right way? Well here’s one thing I’m smart enough to know. I don’t know! I don’t know the future. I don’t know where the world is headed. I don’t know how long I’ll be here. I don’t know what the coming generations look like, so how can I possibly know if I’m climbing the right ladder, if I’m spending my time on all the right things? Thankfully, I have found a simple formula. “Wow, Doug, so you’re actually saying that you found a simple formula for living a successful life?” Yes, and I’m about to share it with you, free of charge. Here it is, ten simple words. Get ready to memorize it and immediately put it into practice. Are you ready? Here it is. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. I’ll say it again, and this is your key to life, the key to living a successful life, to climbing the right ladder every time. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. That’s from Hebrews 11:6. One thing I love about this formula is that it is very measurable. Some things about the Kingdom of God are hard to measure, like how much do you love God? That’s hard to measure. How are you doing at loving your neighbor as yourself? It’s hard to know for sure. But are you diligently seeking God? That’s measurable. James 4:8 says that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us, so the question is, are we spending time drawing near to God? Jesus said, “Go into your room, shut your door, and pray to Your Father.” Are we doing that? How often are we doing it? How consistently are we doing it? That is how well we are diligently seeking God. How often are we entering into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise, like it says in Psalm 100? Are we spending “extravagant daily time with Jesus,” like they say in the book “Live Dead”? This is a winning formula. It will keep us from wasting our days, climbing the wrong ladder. This will keep our priorities straight, and give is the wisdom and knowledge we need to do it right, day after day...good for now and good for eternity. And it’s so measurable. We can easily know if we are doing it well or not, and if not, we can make the change immediately, starting right now, and here’s that formula one more time, from Hebrews 11:6. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. May God bless you today. I’m Doug Apple.