Over the next few weeks in our Rooted in Christ Study, we’ll be looking at some of the favorite passages from our staff at St. Matthew’s UMC. These are some of the parts of the Bible to mean to most … Continue reading
I was once told that in the Bible when something is mentioned once, it’s a big deal. When it’s mentioned twice, it’s a really big deal. But three times, that’s God’s way of saying, HEY PAY ATTENTION. So, that said, … Continue reading
Recently I’ve issued a challenge to my people at Asbury, and I’d like to issue that same challenge all of us here that read this devotional.
Who do we believe that God is? Is the Lord God of Heaven? The Maker of all that is, both seen and unseen? The Alpha and Omega, Beginning and Last? The Triune, Sovereign God?
The God that loves died for us and was raised us. The God that saves us shows us mercy, grace, and love?
That is who Scripture paints Him to be. That is what Christians have believed for thousands of years.
But the question I have for you this morning is this. Is this true? Do you believe that this is true? Do you believe that God is who scripture paints Him to be?
(waiting for you to answer that question. No, really, right now, in your own heart, answer that question)
If God is who He says that He is, doesn’t He deserve to be more than just an option in our lives?
For most of us, God is just an option. He’s something we pay attention to when we have time. We don’t plan our days, weeks, months, lives around God. We do what we want, and if we have time, we give God what we can.
We make God an option. He’s just one of the options in our lives.
And doesn’t He deserve more than that? Doesn’t God deserve to be Lord of our lives, not just an option?
My challenge this year is this. Give God a year. Truly, as best you can, don’t let God just be an option for you and your family. Truly let Him be Lord.
And you know what? If you do, if you really do, and God doesn’t honor that, I’ll shut up about it. I won’t bring it up again.
Is God just an option for you. Or is He Lord?
I don’t know what you will do, but we live by the words of Joshua 24:15:
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
For me and my house, God will be more than just an option. I hope that He will be for you and yours as well.
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