- What/who is your hope in?
- What/who has gotten you through life?
- What would change about your life with out Jesus?
- What/who is your hearts desire?
- Disregarding church attendance, what/who does the rest of your life, your actions, your time demonstrate praise for?
Hope Now by Addison Road
Please do not take this to mean in anyway that I answer all the above with “Jesus.” While I wish I was a picture perfect Christian and could answer them with “Jesus”…that would be lying. Another thing God condemns. Luckily for you and I Jesus tells us in Matthew 9:13 “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Not only does Jesus desire mercy, but He already knows we will need it. He loved us first anyway.
Jesus called us to: love the Lord our God with all our hearts and with all our souls and with all our minds. BUT… when we are being idolatrous in the big or small some part of that command is being absentmindedly neglected or maybe even willfully ignored.
So lets run hard after God. Let songs like the one above characterize our lives. and songs like this one:
Give me Jesus
Let us follow Hebrews 10:24 and “spur one another on to love and good works.” Loving God in a way that fulfills the greatest commandment requires carrying out the second greatest commanded. It requires other people. We need encouragers, people who will hold us accountable, and people to bless with the love of Christ to name a few.
I will answer those questions and examine my life and my relationships… I challenge you to do the same. Let’s see if we can glorify God with such consistency and authenticity that His glory can’t help but shine through us.