Friday, December 4, 2009
Where is your heart?
One day we will all stand before a Holy God. That is something that I stand in"awe" of when I think about it. God will not say "Did you do good things?" He will say, "Did you know love?" "Did you get to know my Son?" Many will say "We did this for God!" "Look at what we did: We healed the sick, raised the dead, gave lots of money to the church!!!", and God will say, "I'm sorry, I don't know you!"
It is important that we know God, but it is more important that HE knows us. You might say, "He already knows everything - He knows me!" Does He have a Relationship with you? Do you talk to Him? Do you ever ask Him what He thinks? Do you seek His face? Do you spend time in His Word? Do you love Him? Do you obey Him?
When we stand before a Holy God, what will He say? Will we find approval in His sight? Will He accept us as we are, no more no less?
If we want to get to Heaven, it is NOT automatic. One must follow His directions. Number one, you MUST believe. God said it, that settles it - whether you believe it or not. God does not need your approval, nor mine, nor that of anyone else. He is God. He is Sovereign! Faith In Christ involves more than "works". Faith in God requires our ALL. I once heard someone say that "He will be LORD of all, or HE will not be Lord at all." It is His way or the highway, and that road you do NOT want to take!!!
God never forces us to follow Him, He is a gentleman. "Whosoever will may come." The Bible tells us that "God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." (John 3:17) God does not condemn us, we usually do enough of that ourselves, or others do it for us. Once there was a woman caught in the "act" of adultery. The Religious people, the Priests and the Rabbis, the Pharisees and the Sadduccees came to see what Jesus would do. They were testing Him, it had very little to do with the woman. It had to do with His knowledge of the Word of God. You see, according to the "LAW" - she was to be stoned. However, there was more to this story. According to the Law, both the man and the woman were to be brought before their accusers. They brought only the woman. Jesus stooped down and wrote in the sand. What did He write? You tell me. It had an effect and an impact. Then He said, "You who are without sin cast the first stone!" They each began to walk away from the eldest to the youngest. Then Jesus said to her, "Go and sin no more!" We need to follow this example. The same God who saves us from sin is able to keep us from sinning. Do we sin because we are sinners? Or are we sinners because we sin? That is worthy of some thought. There is an answer. "And you shall seek me and you shall find me, when you search for me with all of your heart." "Eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard, neither has entered into the heart of any man the things that God has prepared for those who love Him." Our Father loves us. We have received the "spirit of adoption" if we know Him, and we cry out "ABBA!" - Daddy God!