Have you discovered the most important things in life? Years ago, I thought it was possessions and experiences. Boy was I ever wrong. You have heard the phrase, you never know how much you need something until you don’t have it. Well it is true. If you have buried a loved one, you experienced it. They are gone and your heart longs to see them again. Through that and other experiences in life, we can learn that the most important things in life are people and our interactive relationship with them.
Because we are created in the image of God, we are very similar to him. He likewise desires a relationship with us. He doesn’t need our money or any offerings that we choose to give him. He already owns everything. So there is nothing more on this earth that he could need. Understandably, he may need “no thing”, but he does need someone and that someone is you.
God wants to have a relationship with his creations and in that relationship, he wants us to give him something. He wants what is in our hearts.
Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. (Psalms 50:14-15)
He seeks for individuals who are thankful, yielded, who look to him in times of trouble and will glorify his name.
Israel fell into the cold ritualistic mannerisms of their religion and if we are not careful, we can do the same. So, as you assess your relationship with God, don’t count the “good” actions that you offer up to him, but instead focus on the motives behind them. Do they reflect being thankful, yielded, seeking and glorifying?
The woman with the alabaster box loved Jesus and wanted to present to him some gift or service to show her love and appreciation. While unknowingly anointing Jesus for his burial, others stood in opposition. They had a better idea and plan for how her money and service could have been rendered.
It is important for us to remember that our walk with The Lord is personal and one of devotion. When The Lord presses upon your heart to do something for him, it is because he desires it. Others do not know what your walk with The Lord is like and exactly what expectations he has for you. Therefore, they are unable to determine if you are correctly following The Lord or not.
And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. (Mark 14:6)
If your act of devotion is not contrary to clearly stated doctrine, do what The Lord has led you to do. You would be better to obey God than man. In this day, many have abused their position in the church and have adopted a view that they have the mind of God and can determine exactly what you can say and do and in fact how you should live your life down to the smallest details.
God does not want us to live a life of fear and bondage, but to enjoy life with him. (Romans 8:15) We should obey those that have the rule over us and to follow their example of faith, but not to the point of failing to follow God.
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