Monday, 1 August 2011
03:52:25 AM (GMT)
Last week I posted on the statement "why do good things happen to bad people" and
today our pastor added a few words to the statement that seemed so obvious. "Why do
good things happen to people I deem unworthy?"
Maybe we should not use words like worthy, unworthy, bad, good. I guess I was better
off when I said "sinners with God and sinners without God". Though the point of
being a sinner with God is to seek humility, and to avoid sin not because it is bad
or because we're simply told to, but because it really isn't good for us and gives us
temporary happiness at a cost we don't usually see.
Another parallel to draw is that people either feel "He is God" or "I am God". If I
make choices based on what I want, then I am obviously my own God, the ruler
of my own life. It goes along the lines of "if it feels good do it" or one could say
such a person is ultimately the slave of their ID. (ID, Ego, Super Ego reference.
The ID is our desires, what we want.)
Selfish Us and Selfless Him.
Now, I'm told often enough that its easy to worship God when life is good or even
okay and hard to worship when life sucks. But for me it is the other way around.
When life was good, I easily lost sight of God, got distracted, and did what I wanted
to do when I knew better. When I am not doing well is when I most often trust and
rely on God to get me through. Don't get me wrong, God loves to work through His
people. Its a little complicated I guess.
Whether its easier to worship God when life is good or when life is not so good, its
pivotal to remember what worship really is. Its not a feeling, and it isn't blind
To worship God is to be honest and humble toward Him. He is not bothered by our
questions or our anger. God knows how I feel and why, even if I don't. Besides,
salvation is never based on our faithfulness to Him, but His faithfulness to us.
Beyond salvation and into daily life, it always is best for us to seek a path that
God approves of. Otherwise we hurt ourselves or others. He wants us to be more like
Him. To be wise, slow to anger, quick to love, to be kind, to be helpful, to seek
what is best for others, to be selfless, and to be joyful.
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