From the Pastor´s Desk July 2008

 

What shapes your life? What are those voices that you hear or have heard in the past that make you who you are today? I have begun to make a list of some of the biblical truths that shape me. As I have thought about the Scriptures I have added two truths to my list. 
There first has to do with grace: God loves me, period. That is grace. I cannot do anything to keep God from loving me or to make Him love me more, nor can I do anything to make God love me less. Paul expressed this truth in Romans 5:8: “God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He loves me when I am faithful and when I sin. He loves me when I am unlovable and rebellious or when I am kind and loving. It is a blessing that I don’t have to try to earn God’s love, because I could never do enough to deserve it. I am like the Prodigal who came to his senses in the pigpen (repented) and desired to be his father’s servant because he did not see himself good enough to return as a son. God accepted him with open arms in love. That is grace.
The second truth that shapes me is my response to who God is: I praise God for who He is. Because of who He is I live my life to give Him glory! I look to God and am filled up with who He is and my response is praise. Again, the Apostle Paul said it best when he said that the love of Christ compels him. 
Lately I have been looking at Job. It seems like there are about 10 different songs on Christian radio about Job, so I have had lots of time to reflect. I am looking to see what truths I can learn from his life. As one author said, Job was the Bill Gates of his day – the richest man in all the land. He lost everything including his children in the same day. His wife abandoned him and even his friends were much less than comforters. But in the end, four times God called him “My servant Job.” What is it about Job’s life that brought him to the place of worship in the midst of suffering and losing everything rather than despairing or “cursing God” as his wife suggested? That is another truth that I am still trying to understand and get my life around.
God’s Word has plenty for us to base our life upon. But it is useless unless we are in it, allowing God to use it to speak to us. 
Keith
 
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