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Who’s Up?

Posted: August 9th, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Christianity | Comments (1)

Knowing that God lives and living for God are not at all the same thing.  The first isn’t a substitute for the second. Believing in God falls squarely into the common sense category, an ordinary human characteristic, exercised routinely, without any real commitment or effort. Living for God is an extraordinary characteristic, supernaturally powered which also requires an enormous effort from us. This is probably why so few people choose to live life for God and why God doesn’t ask this much of very many of us. But God does ask something from each of us, which generally falls somewhere between the two extremes mentioned above. It starts with complete love. For believers, it’s pretty easy to extract a testimonial or a story about what “God has done for me,” but quite another thing to learn what these same  beneficiaries have in love, done for God. Love and devotion go hand in hand. Love without devotion is like coffee or cocoa without warmth. The cold versions look the same, smell the same and even provide some of the same  physical stimuli but it just isn’t right, complete or for most even acceptable. Devotion is our demonstration of love, our act of caring and the real source of sustaining heat in our relationships. Devotion does not however directly enhance the life of the giver, such enhancements come only from the beneficiary of our devotion demonstrating the very same commitment to us. This is why the bible says: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17 NIV). Jesus demonstrated His absolute love and devotion to us with the Cross. Now it’s our turn.

What to do, what to do? How about whatever He asks, whispers, offers and presents to us, opportunities to show how much we care. To do what He would do, walking in our shoes. Maybe it’s as simple as offering a God bless you for a sneeze or maybe it’s holding the hand of a dying stranger? Perhaps it’s feeding an orphaned fawn or an entire village in a war torn or draught stricken land? Possibly reading to the blind or finding cures for blindness? For each his own, but for everyone something, with the glory going to God. Why? Because whatever goodness dwells within us is the creation and continuing work of God, to be offered in His name. We are God’s work in progress. We are the shoes that He has chosen to walk in. When Jesus said, “… Don’t be afraid; just believe” (Mark 5:36 NIV) He was speaking of the absolute power of God over life and death and the willingness to use that power for those of us who totally trust in Him. That’s some of God’s devotion to us. OK, who’s up?

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Posted: August 4th, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, christian, Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

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Posted: August 3rd, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

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Posted: August 2nd, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense | Comments

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