Written By His Grace: Kevin K. OíConnor

Date:                             May 11, 2006 

Main Thought:           ††To examine the purpose of our existence.

The Joy of Service

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:5-7 (in Context) Matthew 5 (Whole Chapter)

What causes the power in a battery? Is it when the electrons and protons within it become united? No, itís in their effort to become united that the power exists. There is coming a day of rest for each believer in Christ but itís not here yet. Thank our God He does give us pit stops in this life to refuel and have our tires changed but if we think that the joy of stopping and getting these needed items was for the purpose of staying there in the pit stop, we are sadly mistaken.

If we allow ourselves to become complacent when our physical needs are met, then we will dry up internally and become totally useless to our Heavenly Father; John 15:2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. John 15:1-3 (in Context) John 15 (Whole Chapter).

America began with men of such Faith because of their tremendous need. They knew to honor God, which was expressed through statements like ďIn God we TrustĒ. And yet now that God has blessed America, we would like to prevent the public Honoring of Him within our schools and public places. And yet we fail to realize that the greatest need we have is not for our flesh, but for our hearts/who we are, not what we have.

Oh how we cut ourselves short of the greatest blessings of life when we allow our love for Christ to grow cold when our external needs are met. And yet, weíre so short sighted not to realize that we are more than just flesh and bones. How America has gotten her eyes on the pit stop of physical blessings God has given this nation because of those who founded this nation as One Nation Under God and forgotten that life is more than things.

Who do you think is going to receive the harsher punishment at the judgment?  Those who live in poor nations where the dominant faith is Buddha or Mohammed or in America where it is Christianity? How hurt Godís heart must be for this nation to wrap its heart around the pit stop of His physical blessings to us and then try to push Him out of our schools and public places. Godís Heart is Passionate! It would have to be for Him to give as He did with His Son to die such a terrible death. But, just as a passionate heart can love very, very deep, it can also be very, very angry when wronged. Iíd hate to be at the receiving end of Godís wrath, but that is where this nation is heading if we donít wake up and trim our hearts of laziness, complacency, spiritual pride, and religious works without passion for Christ.

No, we havenít arrived and yes it is time to awaken from our spiritual stupor and put on a hungering heart for relationship with the One Who gave His All for us! Heavenly Father, please forgive us for getting our hearts wrapped up in those things that are here and gone. Teach us how to Love Your Precious Son Who gave His All. In Jesus Glorious, Wonderful Name, Amen.

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