Is ‘mostly’ good enough?

A few days ago the dreaded light shone once again. I’ve really made great effort in recent months not to let my gas level get so low the warning light appears. It was the night before we moved our youngest into his dorm and thought I knew the level was low I wanted to get home to spend the evening with him so I waited. At least my excuse sounds reasonable, right? Yet the fact remains my efforts to keep the light off has mostly worked. But is mostly good enough?

Today I finished reading 2 Kings which concluded with Nebuchadnezzar’s siege of Jerusalem, the city’s destruction, and the deportation of the people to Babylon. My study Bible included a chart of the kings of Israel, both the united kingdom then the two kingdoms of Israel and Judah. The chart included the lengths of reign, the chapters covering their stories, and each kings’ religious status. Many bore the description of “evil” and few the words “righteous”. The other two descriptors are what captivate my thoughts today. Three are called “mostly evil” and two bear the words “mostly righteous”.

I’m reminded of the words of Yoda of Star Wars fame: “Do or do not, there is no try”.

I know perfection is unattainable because we are all flawed but today I want my actions to hit the “righteous” level not the “mostly righteous” category. Then I want my individual decisions and days to sum up to a life characterized not by the very “mostly” but with the adjective “righteous”. For that to happen, I need the help of God, the instruction of the Word, and the sanctifying work of the Spirit so I can become more Christ-like.

Lord, be my help today and work in me. Take every thought and action captive that doesn’t lead to being more like Jesus. I don’t want to be in the ‘mostly’ column. I want all in. Help me, today, to honor you in word, thought, and deed. Amen


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