Agree or Disagree?
There’s nothing you can do to make God love you more than he already does!
There may be some of you who have posts right now that make that statement. We are so attuned to trying to make people “feel good” about God and their position with him. There’s a lot of misery in the world, and it is ever so true that people need to know God loves them. So, I refuse to answer my own question without qualifying my answer.
First, I say God loves you enough that he gave his Son to die for you! That’s love to the fullest that I can imagine. I probably would have turned all men into petrified stones sealing their souls inside, and saved my son. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!
But – of course there is a “but” or I wouldn’t be writing this post. But there are things that we can do to please God – does that mean to make him love us more? Would that make him smile? He sure has a lot to handle! Maybe you would like to give him a grin.
Just in case you would like to do something special for God today, I’m passing on some ways to do so. Paul gives us these four ways to please God in Colossians 1:10-12
bear fruit in every good work.
grow in the knowledge of God.
be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.
joyfully give thanks to the Father.
A CLOSER LOOK.
1. Bearing fruit in good works is not a mamby-pamby “go do my good deed for the day” act. Good fruit comes from the life in the vine. Meeting my good deed quota is like going to the dollar tree and buying plastic apples, may be pretty but has no life in it. However, even Jesus cannot give luscious fruit on a branch that doesn’t do something! So we have to start doing “good works.”
2. Grow in the knowledge of God. His word is the best place to start, but even some atheists know the Bible very well. Growing in knowing God often (perhaps even always) involves walking in the “fellowship of his sufferings.” Not a pleasant place to go, but wonderful place to find out more about Jesus.
3. Being strengthened… Obviously if we are to be strengthened …, we are going to find ourselves in some hard places. It takes some rough times, some hard study, some strained muscles to be strengthened. It won’t happen if we refuse to work out spiritually – strive with great endurance and patience.
4. But through it all, we give thanks to the Father – admittedly this is sometimes hard, especially to do it joyfully!
So I recheck the four ways to please Him, and acknowledge that in myself, I can’t do it! I need Him; I need the “power” mentioned in #3; I need the Holy Ghost who points me to Jesus. I need you Jesus!
“I need Thee, O I need Thee, every hour I need Thee.
Oh, bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee.”*
*Annie S. Hawks, 1835-1918