I watched the video of skateboarding for beginner before I began to put thought together in writing on this topic. In the video, discovered that the intention of the skateboard rider is to maintain a certain speed while moving in his chosen direction smoothly and gleefully without falling from the skateboard. There are principles that have to be maintained to achieve this objective. One of the most important objectives of a good skate boarder is the ability to balance on the moving skateboard without falling down. Another is the principle of pushing the skateboard while balancing on it. In order to achieve the balancing principle, the skateboarder will put one of his feet in the center of the skateboard in between the front and back tires. Since there is no mechanism that pedals the board while balancing on it, the skateboard rider will use the second leg to push the skateboard forward. The same balancing act is the underline principle for riding bicycles and motorcycles, in that the riders always balance their weight within the wheels of their means of transportation mechanism. Even the cars that are plying our road have the same mechanism of balancing act. Over many years in the business of car manufacturing, the motor car industries have perfected the skill of balancing act to ensure that the weight of the passengers and the content in the vehicles are proportionally balanced in such a way that at a high speed the car will not tilt out of the road and crash.
In the roller-coaster of our Christian lives, we must maintain a balancing act of pleasing God in our holy and righteous attitudes while at the same time ensuring that our conscience is edifying men with our exemplary transparent righteousness. Paul was speaking in the presence of Felix the governor, saying “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.” (Acts 24:16) Can the same be said of you, Beloved? Do you evaluate yourself in the scale of righteousness of God and your conscience is not offensive towards men? In order that we may be identified as the children of the Most High God and at the same time become a shining light in this world, our ways must be pleasing unto the Lord and our conscience must be void of offense towards men.
Paul also said to the brethren, in Corinth, “And this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in relation to you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God—not in worldly wisdom, but in the grace of God. (2 Corinthians 1:12) If you are decking yourself with the attire of an harlot in this world of fashion your conscience will be wobbled in the scale of righteousness of God and your offensive conscience will testify against you that you are not edifying the right thinking populace. “And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.” (Proverbs 7:10) If you are living your daily life in the revenue of prostitution and you are giving your tithe and offering therein, even if no one knew the source of your income, your rotten conscience would testify against you that you are an active sinner. If you deny justice to the poor because you have enriched your pocket with the sinful gain of bribe, can you say to the people around you, “You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous, and blameless our conduct was among you who believed. (1 Thessalonians 2:10) If you are still seeking for alternate power in this subtle world of sin after you had heard that, “God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God,” (Psalm 62:11) you cannot say that you are balancing godliness with right conscience in the course of your journey to the kingdom of God.
“The goal of our instruction is the love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a sincere faith,” (1 Timothy 1:5) when we are “holding on to faith and a good conscience. …” (1 Timothy 1:19) The desire of our God concerning our lives is purity of heart, a clean and clear conscience, a sincere faith in the word of God. When we are balancing on these excellent righteous Christian virtues and in consistent holy relationship with the Living God, it is then we can declare the statement of Paul, saying, “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.” (Acts 24:16) According to the admonition of Paul to the brethren, we must endeavor to hold to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. “They must hold to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.” (1 Timothy 3:9)
Prayer: O Lord God Almighty, the more I examine myself in the scale of Your righteousness the more shortcomings I discovered in the core of my conscience. Merciful Father, please hold my hands as I journey on in this world so that I do not crash and lost into the world of sinfulness in Jesus name. Activate a clean and clear conscience in me that is conformable to your holy and acceptable will in Jesus name, Amen.