DayBreaks for 07/19/11 – How Serious Are We?
I don’t know any Christian who wants to be a “bad Christian.” We all want to be good Christians. In fact, if the truth be told, most of us probably think we are pretty good Christians. And what makes us think that? We go to church every Sunday. We give every Sunday. We pray. We read our Bibles from time to time. We don’t swear. We honor our marriage vows. We take our responsibilities as mothers and dads serious. We sing songs about how much we love Jesus. And maybe, once in a while, we sing some of the old songs of the faith “Onward Christian Soldiers”, “Rock of Ages”, “Amazing Grace”, and “Just As I Am.”
It is very easy to do things and not really have the right attitude in our heart. It is very easy to fool other people – and even easier to fool ourselves about our level of goodness and love for God. And then the Bible pulls us up short.
In Psalm 63, the composer of that psalm put it this way: Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. (vs. 3) Can you say that and mean it? Really? Have you thought about the implications of that verse and what the psalmist wrote? He’s said that God’s love is better than life. What does he mean by that? I think he’s saying that if it came to one or the other of two alteratives – either keeping God’s love or letting the mortal body die – that his choice would be to die rather than lost the love of our God.
So, let us ask ourselves the question: do we love God? Do we love Him enough that we’d rather die than be without His love? Or, how many of us would choose to keep our mortal lives in the hope that we’ll eventually come to love God more – perhaps even enough that someday we would rather die than be without a relationship with Him. That’s the choice the martyrs faced – it is what made them martyrs. They didn’t die so they could have a home in heaven – they died because they know that life itself wasn’t as sweet as the love of God.
How serious are we when we tell God we love Him?
PRAYER: Keep us from frivolous proclamations of love! Grow real love in us so that we can join with the Psalmist in his wild and reckless delight in Your love! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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