Monday, December 5, 2005
First Things First
And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
In some churches today, it seems as though the emphasis is on what you must do for God. People will go to church, and instead of being encouraged, they will leave feeling discouraged and guilty, because they have been told they are not witnessing enough, they are not praying enough, and they are not giving enough.
But the emphasis in the Bible is not on what I must do for God. It is on what God has done for me. This does not mean the Bible does not address what we must do for Him, because it does in many, many places. But it is built on what God has done for me. And as I grow in my understanding and appreciation of what God has done for me, I will also grow in my desire to want to respond and to reciprocate. Knowing Him, I will want to make Him known.
After his conversion on the road to
We must first take the time to see who God is and what He has done for us. Then we can look at what He wants us to do. Our obedience and application of these truths in our lives is a response to all God has done for us. As 1 John 4:19 says, “We love Him because He first loved us.”
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