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Because We Want To!

I asked my daughter during Christmas if she wanted to go and see Santa Clause, to which she responded “no”.  I asked her why she did not want to go see him and she said, “because we don’t want to.”  I am still not sure who the “we” is she is referring too.  I have no reason to belive that at this point in her life she has a split personality like Gollum from Lord of The Rings. She does refer to my wedding ring as “The precious”…only time will tell.  That fact remains, she didn’t go see Santa Claus because she did not want to. Well, you and I are not so different.  We do what we do (whatever that is) because we either do or do not want to.  I am thinking of sin here particularly.  We sin because we want to.  No one forces our hand to sin.  No one makes us give in to temptation and commit acts of sin.  We sin because we want to.  I told some student athletes at GT FCA Bible study that I sinned because I like it.  Now, that was not say I sin recklessly, or cavalier, without any thought of God.  Rather, I was speaking to the fact that any sin is an act of the will that follows the greater desire of the heart.  We sin because its brings pleasure to us, or happiness, or satisfaction…If only for a moment.  And that is the one of the great troubles with sin, it does not last.  Sin’s pleasing effects are momentary and fleeting.  Like an addict, we need more and more to helps us reach our desired “high”.  And, like the ring in the Lord of The Rings, the thing we desire to possess ends up possessing us.  Growing up, I heard sin is wrong, sin is bad, don’t do it!  The problem was, no one ever presented me a better option.  Why would I want to cast down the idols in my life if they were so much fun, even if not ultimately satisfying?  We must present Christ as a superior joy and satisfaction to any sin.  If we don’t, we only teach basic morality and not Biblical Christianity.  The purpose of having a relationship with Christ is to enjoy Him and his fellowship more that nay thing else in our lives.  Who would be attracted to a faith where we just say do this and not that?  That is the type of faith I grew up with, and it was not very appealing by comparison.  We must continually point people beyond sin and to Christ.  Sin is not the end of all things, Christ is.  Christ is a better alternative to any sin we can think of or act upon.  Ultimately, we will sin because we want to, or we will enjoy Christ if we want to…the choice is ours.  In the end one way or another Christ will prove superior to all other affections.               

Joshua 24:14-15

14 “Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

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First Things First…

Leading off, I am sorry for the lack of posts recently.  January is my blogging sabbatical typically.  But, I’m back now and hopefully with some new inspiration from above.  So, here we are already in the last few days of January 2011.  What if any resolutions did you make this year, and are you still keeping them?  Well, I didn’t make any resolutions. I did not set any goals for the new year.  Instead, I decided I still needed focus on a few…first things.  I resolved that I would focus chiefly on two things; being more Christ, and better glorifying God.  I realize these two things sound so simple and elementary.  Well, I’ve been a Christian for going on 13 years now, and not only have I not mastered these two basic fundamentals, but I often stink at them.  Nothing could I do greater in my life than to be more like Christ.  Nothing would bring more glory to God in and through me than to be like Jesus.  Do I need to be a better husband, father, friend, employee, ect..?  Yes, but if I become more like Christ these secondary (by comparison) areas of my life will improve as I grow.  Do, I need to be more patient, loving, sympathetic, and less-judgmental?  Absolutely, but these are symptoms of my problem, I am not enough like Christ.  So, how can I best be more like Jesus?  Love and treasure God above all else, love others as myself, and share the gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ.  Imagine if we all as Christians would actually work hardest at fulfilling the Great Commandment and the Great Comission…Our lives, our cultures, our world would likely look radically different.  We will never grow to wise, mature, or godly that we leave or graduate from the most important and fundamental components of our faith.  We all need to love God and others better, and make disciples for Christ.  We could spend our whole lives doing those things and we would never get bored and we would never feel like we wasted our lives.  Those things are first for a reason…they are to be chief, central, and practiced daily in our lives.  They are first for a reason, and for that reason we should make them first in our lives.

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