In the world but not of it

May 29, 2010

If God did nothing else…

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“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Over the years I have heard so many pastors and teachers say that if God did nothing else for us then the act of giving us His only Son and having Him die for our sins would be completely enough for us to live a life filled with hope, joy and expectation.

I really believe this to be true yet I must confess that I have not always believed it. I have wanted to believe it but living like I really did was another story. In this life we get caught up and distracted with “getting by” and although we may love God; the look on our face, the words that proceed out of our mouths and the thoughts that exist in our hearts and minds often tell another story.

To fully appreciate what the Lord has done for us does not necessarily mean that each person must sell everything, leave everyone and become a foreign missionary. This is another problem in the church today; many have misconceptions of what the Lord expects from us and we have a tendency to always make it about ourselves.

He desires that we believe Him, that we take Him and His Word by faith and that we submit our lives fully back to Him. Then from there the Lord has the freedom to lead us exactly where we can have the most impact for His kingdom. After all, it is all about Him…

That is why you find radical, sold-out believers for Christ in every profession in life. They come in all shapes and sizes, their education ranges from never finishing elementary or high school to being a PhD. God is not concerned with the degrees, the incomes, the successes or the failures as much as He is concerned with the heart of the person and their willingness to trust Him.

In other words, we confuse our place in life with God’s sacrifice. They are mutually exclusive and have really nothing to do with one another. As Paul wrote “I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return” (Philippians 1:9-10).

If God did nothing else, His ultimate sacrifice is for our ultimate good. If we get that part right the rest will fall into its proper perspective…

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