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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
What Do I Have to Do To Get To Heaven?
Crazy Love - page 61
"The very fact that a holy, eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful, merciful, and just God loves you and me is nothing short of astonishing.
The wildest part is that Jesus doesn't have to love us. His being is utterly complete and perfect, apart from humanity. He doesn't need me or you. Yet He wants us, chooses us, even considers us His inheritance (Eph. 1:18). The greatest knowledge we can ever have is knowing God treasures us.
That really is amazing beyond description. The holy Creator sees you as His "glorious inheritance".
The irony is that while God doesn't need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don't really want Him most of the time. He treasures us and anticipates our departure from this earth to be with Him ... and we wonder, indifferently, how much we have to do for Him to get by."
Do you ever think ... "How much do I need to do,
in order to make it to heaven?"
and ... "What do I have to give up,
in order to not spend eternity in hell?"
Or, do you think ... "What more can I do,
in order to please Him?"
and ... "What else can I give up,
in order to serve Him better?"
While both sets of questions focus on what we might need to do and what we might need to give up ... the perspective is completely different.
Sadly, many people see their Christian lives as a set of rules, and a few flexible boundary lines that they need to live within, in order to make it to heaven.
However, the holy God of the universe wants our hearts, our love, our lives. God did not create His commandments in order to bring himself pleasure ... He created rules, guidelines, and boundary lines because He wants what is BEST for us ... for you and me.
If we TRULY love the Lord with all of our hearts, our souls, our mind, and our strength ... than we will WANT to live our lives as fully pleasing unto Him. Our hearts' desire will be to love Him, to serve Him, to show Him all honor and glory with our lives.
If you are married ...
... do you love your husband because
you read a book that told you to?
... do you serve him because you signed
a wedding vow promising you would?
... do you do just enough for your marriage,
that you hope he won't file for divorce?
... do you talk politely to him when he is home,
but bad mouth him when he is gone?
... if others ask you about him, do you mumble
something about "Yea, I love him."
... do you tell all of your friends what an
amazing man he is?
... do you get excited when you know he
will be home in a few minutes?
... do you like to cook his favorite meal,
just because he likes it?
... are you excited to talk to him every day,
and sleep in the comfort of his love every night?
Can you even comprehend that the Creator of the Universe ... loves you even more than your husband (or your mother & father) does? Don't you think that He should be able to expect even more from you than your husband expects of you?
If you TRULY love the Lord Jesus Christ, then ...
... you will be excited to
tell all your friends about Him.
... you will look forward to
spending time with Him every day.
... you will look for ways to do
the things He has asked you to do,
and you will WANT to do those things.
... you will spend time with him before bed,
and you will sleep in the comfort of His love.
I LOVE the LORD!!!
I WANT to serve HIM.
I DESIRE to do HIS will.
I can't help myself ...
I TALK about Christ, my first love ...
ALL the time.
I don't see life as a set of rules that have to be followed.
I walk through life actively seeking to KNOW His guidelines,
because I know they are His BEST for me and my family.
I NEVER think ...
"Can I still get to heaven if I do such and such?" Never!
My focus is NOT on how close I can get to hell,
without getting burned.
My focus is on how close I can get to heaven,
while still living life on this earth.