I have an extra 1/2 hour today! Joy!
I’ve been having problems reading the Bible everyday since I try to do this in the morning and I don’t wake up in time to do this. Evenings are packed for me as well so there’s “no time” to read then either. I’ve been feeling drained and away from God for about a week since I haven’t been able to spend every day with Him.
Last night at church was powerful. We spoke about the “lost parables.” The preacher asked us if we feel like the son that doesn’t think he can come home after sinning and when he does go home he receive this grand party. Or do we feel like the son that’s been trapped at home slaving away for a piece of their reward. The preacher explained this so much better than what I just did. Sorry folks!
My answer is both.
Sometimes I feel like I need to earn my way into heaven. Rididulous right? We all know Jesus died on the cross for us and we have this right into heaven. But as I was reading Purpose Driven Life this morning I read that a Christian-life isn’t just about prayer and reading the Bible everyday. This is how I feel! Like I’m reading the Bible every day or praying to God and nothing’s changing. But when I serve him I feel like that’s what brings me closer to Him. But this distorts how I need to feel about getting to heaven.
Service isn’t meant to be our way into heaven. We are meant to serve God until the day we enter his kingdom, but it gets so easy to take pride in this and think you’ll have the better seat. Not true. Service is meant for us do what God created us to do. God asks us to be His hands and feet and that’s all He wants of us. And when we’re His hands and feet we see the fruits of our labor and that’s what service is about, to bring someone else that much closer to God and in return you get this awesome picture and relationship with God.