February 5, 2017

Are God's conerns the same as yours?

God has plans that he wants to see implemented in your life.

Those plans are for your future.

Do you think that God knows that your time on this earth is as a breath?

Of course, he wrote the passage about that fact, and in knowing that your life is a vapor, do you think that God is concerned about your momentary life here on earth, or your eternal life?

Many preachers would have you think that God wants you to have lots of money, and whatnot, and that he is all about your prosperity here, and now, and that you should never have an ache, or pain.

Tell that to the apostle Paul.

And of course, God desires that your life on this earth be blessed.

But what more blessed can one get than with having grace applied to a sin-sick soul?

The only way that happens is for the goodness of God to be born in a soul through Jesus Christ and that occurs when one agrees with God about the sin that they do.

Is your concern for everyone the same as God's concern for all?

Do you see all others with eternity in mind?

What is it that you do daily to demonstrate the love of God to others?

With what motivation do you do the deeds you do?

Those who are redeemed see eternity in everyone that they meet, and know.

Is the driving force in your life to have fun, be entertained, and sit in the shade with iced tea?

Is life boring unless ..... what? What makes life worth living for you? Is it of eternal value?

Do you serve when no one else will, or do you manipulatively try to make others serve? 

When no one else does what the redeemed are called to do, they still do it, and they pay no attention to the works of others, for their eyesight has been made new, and they are compelled to love.

Blessedly, they have no option. God keeps them from stumbling. They walk only on the narrow road.

They love, with love that does not need to be refilled on Sundays, in a hyped-up praise service, that feeds the emotions, as would a pep rally for Super Bowl fans, or a soulful song about a rainy day in Georgia, or as would a tearjerker chick-flick, or what? What moves you? Thoughts of winning the lottery? Thoughts of a vacation? Thoughts of what? When is it that you pick yourself up and love?

The love of God flows in the redeemed, and never runs dry (Romans 5:5).

"For Christ's love compels us, 
because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 
And he died for all, 
that those who live should no longer live for themselves 
but for him who died for them and was raised again. 
So from now on, we regard no one from a worldly point of view. 
Though we once regarded Christ this way, we do so no longer."
 II Corinthians 5:14-16

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