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Love and desire for God should stir so deeply within us that we seek Him at all costs. If God is indeed our Creator, no less than this is required. It would be the greatest folly imaginable to treat the God of the universe as merely one of our peripheral interests.
Knowing that God has never trifled with us ought to make us determine, out of sheer gratitude, to take Him seriously. Knowing what our atonement cost Him, how can we simply dabble in religion? Trifling with God is the most horrible form of ingratitude.
As long as the ease and pleasure of the status quo is greater than the discomfort of changing, we don’t change. It’s only when the present has become less pleasurable, or the possible consequences of not acting have become scary enough, that we finally act.
The Lord should be more important to us than our temporal blessings. And the main measure of whether we have a proper attitude toward these things is how ready we are to let go of them. And I don’t mean “someday” — I mean today, if the need should arise.
The fascinating thing about stories — and it’s why we like stories so much — is that the telling of a sequence of events can often reveal to us (or remind us of) ideas and truths that are outside our limited world of time and space. A plot is a powerful thing!
May we commit ourselves to two important things: (1) growing toward greater health in our own character, and (2) growing toward a more healthful influence on the spouse to whom we promised ourselves, the one who’s being affected by everything we do.
Sunday is our best opportunity to be with the best people in the world — the Lord’s people — to worship and learn and pray and sing, to give of our means and observe the Lord’s Supper, to edify and be edified, to rejoice in the blessings we enjoy in Christ.
We need to strive for greater congruency and consistency in our lives. If we are not living what we say we believe, two things are likely to happen: (1) we will be ashamed of our lives, and (2) we will be unsuccessful at having a good influence on other people.
I can’t begin to tell you what a relief it is to complete the writing of “Obeying the Gospel.” With great joy, I wrote the first page on January 1, 2017, on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Meridian, Mississippi. That day was one of the two or three happiest days of my life.
I have only eleven more pages to write in “Obeying the Gospel.” So as soon as I can get those written and sent off to my editors, I will be able to turn my attention to the many other things that have to be done before the end of the year when the book will be published.