Have you ever wondered if there can be peace in life? If you’re at all like me, you’ve probably spent more time being busy, anxious, troubled or confused than you’d like to admit. Why is that? We long for peace, we search for it, but it seems unattainable. That’s because in a way, it is.
Wondering about your salvation?
The fact that you are even thinking about it is a good sign. But good intentions are ultimately meaningless. If I am unaware that cars require oil, my car’s engine will eventually meet its doom. If I am aware, yet do nothing about it, my car will be just as dead.
The fact that you are even thinking about it is a good sign, but what are you going to do about it? In our relationship with God, there is no holding pattern. We are either gaining ground or losing ground. It is our responsibility to ‘work out our salvation‘. That is not a passive activity.
So, you have this concern. What are you going to do about it? Jesus told the church in Ephesus (through John) that they had forsaken him, and must return to their first love. How do you do that? The same way you do in any relationship. When things seem dry, old and routine, look back to better times. What were you doing differently then?
This post could actually go a number of ways, based on the title. I don’t even want to think about what America’s gods are – that would ensure a rotten day. But what is America’s version of the real God?
Many claim that America is a Christian nation. If they mean that there are a number of Christians in it, then I guess they are right. But if you look at our entertainment, education, and government you would be hard pressed to find anything Christ-like. Yet around 3/4 of our population identifies themselves as Christian. What does that mean?
I think Facebook gives us a glimpse into this. Based on the posts I see, people believe in God… when it serves their purposes. Their God is a God of convenience. Or more specifically, a God of crisis. For them, God is the name that is called like someone yells for a lifeguard.
Help! My marriage is ending! My kids are a handful! I have an incurable illness! I lost my job!
Can God help in those circumstances? Sure! Should we cry for help? Absolutely! But God is not a lifeguard. We should open all of our lives to him, not just the times when we are in crisis. He is with us all the time. He wants to share in the good times and the bad. He deserves our worship whether we feel that we need him or not.
I saw a quote from Rick Warren yesterday:
“Marriages that work take work. The grass isn’t greener on the other side of the fence; it’s greener where ever you water it.” – @RickWarren
Great quote, eh?
A Facebook friend commented that some weeding wouldn’t hurt. I figure it’s probably a good idea to watch for moles, and the neighbor’s dog too.
Have you ever considered that your personal calamity might be God’s way of blessing you?
When someone’s business is doing well, or when they come into money, I often hear that “God is really blessing me now!” Is money a blessing? Is your job a blessing? I can certainly understand the sentiment, and it may well be true, but I am cautious to agree with it too quickly.