Sharing a post by Bro. Patrick Donahue which is an article by Foy E. Wallace Jr.
Truth Makes Christians, by Foy E. Wallace Jr.
Archive for May, 2011
How many different emotions can one handle at a time? The storms have destroyed peoples lives, yet the way people are loving and caring for one another is amazing. Osama bin Laden has been disposed of, yet should we rejoice when someone is assumed to be eternally separated from Abba?
How should we respond to all of these events?
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
(Mat 22:36-40 ESV)
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
(Mat 5:14-16 ESV)
“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
(2Co 4:17-18 ESV)
“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles, lest the LORD see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him.”
(Pro 24:17-18 ESV)
“Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?”
(Eze 18:23 ESV)
I love coffee. I drink too much coffee. However, I am not a fanatic, not yet at least. I have a drip coffee maker at home, where I usually brew Eight O’clock Original. Just tried their Columbian. Prefer their Original. Will have to try there French Roast soon. Anyways…I have a grinder at home and I buy the beans from the local Coffee shop “Berkley Bob’s”. Love it and love Bob and Geri.
Well today I had my first experience with a French press. A coworker brought his in to finish off some coffee he had purchased. At work we have a forty cup maker, that we keep Folgers in, so this was a welcome change. I really enjoyed it. I have been thinking about getting a French press. It is very simple. Cannot wait to see how Bob’s coffee taste after being made in one.
Why do we do the things that we do? Why do we breathe, eat, and sleep? We do these to live. We have to, to be able to live. Why do we work, clean house, mow the lawn, or plant gardens? Some enjoy these, but for the most part we have to, so as to help us live the lives we want to live. Why do we obey laws, pay taxes, buy insurance?
There are a lot things that we have to do, whether we enjoy doing them or not. Whether we want to or not. Yet, our attitude towards, say, paying taxes, does not matter to the government, as long as we pay them.
What about our service to our Father? Does our attitude matter to Him?
Israel of old was bound in a covenant relation, which entailed many ordinances, statutes, and commandments. The Sabbaths, daily sacrifices, tithes, washings, etc. The failure to practice some of these ordinances brought the penalty of death. Understandably there was a fear associated with the obedience of the Law of Moses. Yet, even then attitude mattered.
“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”
(Psa 50:23 ESV)
“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more when he brings it with evil intent.”
(Pro 21:27 ESV)
“For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”
(Hos 6:6 ESV)
Today, what should our attitude be? Should it be one of necessity? Of fear? A look at a few more verses should tell us what our attitude should be.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
(John 4:24 ESV)
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
(Rom 8:1-2 ESV)
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
(1Jn 4:18 ESV)
Are there things that we must do to be pleasing to our Father? Of course! However, should necessity and fear be our driving force? No! It is out of love that we should want to serve and worship our Father. It is not so much that we ought to worship and serve and love our Father, but that we get to.
Should we observe the Supper every first day of the week? Yes. Should we give of our means? Yes. Should we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs? Yes. Should we teach and edify one another? Yes. But, the reality is that we get to. Our worship and service should not be a burden, but a joyous occasion where we corporately show our love for our Father and give thanks for what He has provided for us in the giving of His Son.
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
(Heb 12:28-29 ESV)