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Is God obligated to make much of me?

A popular misnomer of the Christian Life is that God is obligated to make our lives better.  That mindset often dominates our desires, dreams, directions, and our prayer lives.  However we must remember that as sinners we deserve nothing and yet God gives us everything in Christ.  Through His grace & Love God does make our lives better – He adopts us into His family and has blessed our lives with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)  But we often overlook those blessings because we are focused on our agenda for life instead of tuning in to God’s will for us.  He has provided all that is needed for us to accomplish His purpose for our lives – to make Him known to others by leading a life that is full of the fruit that results from abiding in Christ. (John 15:8)

God doesn’t exist for us, we exist for Him.  John Piper put it this way,  “The Christian Gospel is about the ‘glory of Christ’, not about me.  And when it is-in some measure- about me, it is not about me being made much of by God, but about God mercifully  enabling me to enjoy making much of Him forever.”  We must simply realize that the joy we seek is not found in Him making much of us, but instead comes from us making much of Him.  He created us and recreated us for that very reason.  (Colossians 1:16, 2Corinthians 5:17-21)

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September 17, 2009 - Posted by | discipleship, Uncategorized

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  1. “We must simply realize that the joy we seek is not found in Him making much of us, but instead comes from us making much of Him.”…Wow, how true Greg. This is a great lesson for all believers as we too often look to be entertained at worship service. It’s too often the lovely melodies or witty comments by the speaker that get us excited and cause us to lift our hands instead of actually glorifying Christ regardless of our level of entertainment. I got a convicting message earlier this year on this topic that church service isn’t about what we can get, its about what we can give. The praise we can give God, the encouragement we can offer others, the offering we can lay before the throne, etc. Once we get that, we’ll truly be free to worship. Great post Greg. I’ll be checking this blog out!

    Comment by Ryan | September 17, 2009 | Reply


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