It’s not just about knowing the Words of Jesus. It’s about actually becoming like Him.
Both worry and stress reek of arrogance. They declare our tendency to forget that we’ve been forgiven, that our lives here are brief, that we are headed to a place where we won’t be lonely, afraid, or hurt ever again, and that in the context of God’s strength, our problems are small, indeed.
The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His. It is His movie, His world, His gift.
Lets face it- we’re willing to make changes in our own lives only if we think it affects our salvation. This is why people ask- ‘can I divorce my wife and still go to heaven? Do I have to be baptized to be saved? Am I a Christian even if I’m having sex with my girlfriend? To me these questions are tragic because they reveal the state of the heart. They demonstrate our concern is more about going to heaven then pleasing our King.
Faith is the realization that God’s pleasure in you will never be based upon your performance for him.
God is the only true Giver, and He needs nothing from us. But still He wants us. He gave us life so that we might seek and know Him.
It’s not just that you do the things that God forbids. The saddest part about it is that you chose those things over God.
Following Christ isn’t something that can be done half-heartedly or on the side. It is not a label we can display when it is useful. It must be central to everything we do and are.
Are you willing to say to God that He can have whatever He wants? Do you believe that wholehearted commitment to Him is more important than any other thing or person in your life? Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter; unless it is about loving God and loving the people He has made?
That’s the way God created us to heal, is by helping others. Not by being more self-centered and laying in bed and going ‘who am I’. It’s about going out and caring for the poor and going ‘you know…that’s who I am’. There are always people less fortunate and the more I love them the more fulfilled I am.
Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and loving the people He has made.
God doesn’t want religious duty. He doesn’t want a distracted, half-hearted “Fine I will read a chapter……now are You happy!? attitude. God wants His Word to be a delight to us, so much so that we meditate on it day and night.
Lukewarm people don’t really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin.