Living in a society where competition in all its myriad forms is almost a national obsession, we need to watch out. When we find ourselves in conflict with another person over some spiritual matter, what are our real motives for waging war?
Obeying the Gospel
Each day's page from the book "Obeying the Gospel" delivered to you by email. Daily motivation to act on our faith.
Even when we see that sin is what is hurting us, we often don't go deep enough to see the real problem. What needs fixing is not just our actions; we need new hearts. At the deepest level inside of us, we need to be renovated, rebuilt, and renewed.
We have defined "obeying the gospel" as rightly responding to the gospel. To be morally "responsible" means "able to choose our response." So with the power to decide, let us decide. We've wasted enough time. Now is the time to quit being foolish.
Not only must we accept God's solution, but we must accept it on His terms. If we could never have worked our own way back to Him, neither can we refuse, or attempt to modify, the conditions God has attached to the granting of His salvation to us.
In Christ, our humanity can be restored -- and what Christians are now waiting for is what Paul described as "the glorious liberty of the children of God" (Romans 8:21). God is not a hindrance to us. He is our only hope of becoming fully human.
"O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in thy mercy grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest, and peace at last."
When we get to heaven, we will be completely happy. But our thoughts will not be centered on how happy we are. We will be so completely caught up in the glory of God that our happiness will simply be a byproduct of thinking rightly about God.
If the seed of the kingdom is going to grow, the fields of our hearts have to be plowed up. And the harder the ground, the more painful the plowing is going to be. "If Christianity has never disturbed us, we have not yet learned what it is."
Daily Family Bible Studies
Weekly themes for families to discuss. Can also be used by individuals for daily devotional time. By email each Saturday.