Published July 21, 2015

Shelia Shares
"Sustaining What?"

A South African woman who thought her electricity bills were high didn't realize her home's electric meter was connected to all of her neighborhood street lights for 35 years. Minnie Swan complained for years about the size of the electricity bill for her house in KwaZulu-Natal.

According to news accounts, the 92-year-old widow's brother eventually convinced the electric company to install a new meter and that's when workers made the discovery. Her brother said it appears the original work was done 35 years ago when Minnie bought her house in the then-new neighborhood.

This woman had been sustaining the street lighting of the entire neighborhood, unawares.

Is there something in your life that you have been "sustaining" for so many years that you are no longer aware of it? Or, somewhere along the line, did something unworthy sneak into your life that you don't even realize you are sustaining?

Like the African woman, you may have a nagging feeling that something just isn't right. But, you "let it go" – and perhaps you'll figure it out later.

Could it be a bad habit that is such a part of your life you don't realize it is there?

The list could go on and on. You probably could recognize things you are sustaining that have become commonplace.

Even worse than these physical problems are when spiritual problems are sustained and have simply become a way of life.

The most crucial question spiritually is whether you have actually invited Jesus into your heart. Is church and even serving in the church only a habit? Are you simply sustaining outward appearances? Did becoming a Christian (asking Jesus into your heart) actually take place — or did you start attending church as a child with your family and never really make that individual decision to accept Jesus' death and His shedding of blood for your sins? Did you ever confess your sins and ask His forgiveness?

Every one of us must come individually to Jesus Christ. We cannot depend on our good "religious" family background. We cannot depend on our baptism as a child – or even baptism when we were a teenager along with our peers.

While we need to support good Christian living and the activities of the church, please be sure you've taken that crucial step and accepted Jesus death and resurrection on your behalf.

What are you sustaining today for good or bad? Bad habits? Appearances? Pitch out the bad. But keep the good. Be sure everything has the firm foundation of Jesus Christ.

- Shelia

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