Sunday, June 27, 2010

Knowing God - Deuteronomy 10:17

(from Pastor)

For the Lord your God is
God of gods and Lord of lords,
the great God, mighty and awesome,
who is not partial and takes no bribe
Deuteronomy 10:17
There's an old story about a rich man who -- when he dies -- figures out how to take all of his gold with him to heaven. He meets St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, and St. Peter says, "Why'd you bring pavement?"
(Get it? Streets of gold.)
The point is this: Re-read the last line of today's verse. What could we ever bribe God with?! More pavement?
No matter how much we ... serve him ... read our Bibles ... confess our sins ... tithe to the church ... join a convent ... serve on committees ... discover a cure for cancer ...
                God can't love us any more ...
                and he won't love us any less.
It's not what you do. It's what he's done!
But there is one thing he does ask ... All he wants is to spend a little more time with you. He loves you and treasures your friendship.
In Christ's Love,
a guy who'd like to find a way
to smuggle on thing into heaven ... 
... a few more lost souls
Believe me - I tried to strike many deals with God ... if any of them had worked, my only biological son, Lucas David, would be sleeping quietly upstairs.  The guy who violently attacked me would not be free and my family would be dysfunctional.  

But - God doesn't deal with us like that.  He told us what he wants us to do.  Love his with all our heart and mind and strength. Love others as ourselves. He wants us to take care of others. Show his love to others. But make sure they know where the love comes from.  

But - even if we don't do that. He STILL loves us. He is STILL God.  he is still great, mighty, awesome and above all - GOD our LORD!  No matter what. Nothing changes that.  Guess I could have saved my breath back then, eh?

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