Is your work for God a dread?

Posted: January 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8)

Being godly means living a life that pleases God—acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with him. The key, though, is the walking part. It’s only when we walk with God in a relationship with him that we’re able to do what’s right and love others. As we spend time getting to know him, he changes us. The change comes as we see how awesome God is and how we, with all our imperfections, pale in comparison. It comes as we learn that God became a man—Jesus Christ—just so he could die a painful death to save us from our sin. And what is our response? Amazement? Gratitude? Yes, but it has to be more than that. God wants us to be totally devoted to him, in much the same way you probably dream about being devoted to a husband or wife some day. Because of your love for that person, you’ll want to spend time with them and you’ll do nice things for them—not because you have to, but because you really want to. When we have this kind of devotion to God, the things we do for him won’t be a chore to dread. They will become something you look forward to doing. Not only will that be more pleasing to God, you’ll like it better too!

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