It has been a long time but it came to me today that I am bothered by the fact that when I was growing up, I was left with the impression that God was just waiting around to swat me when I did something wrong.
Today’s Encouraging Word on the KLOV radio station is Romans 10:13 –
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Rom 10:13)
It is the part of the letter to the Romans where Paul explains that all are welcome into God’s salvation. They just must call on his name. In order to do so, one needs to know God to believe in Him. One needs to hear about Him. So someone has to preach about Him. Maybe that is your calling, if so, go out and do it.
I just want to encourage everyone to get to know Him. Read the book. Learn what God is all about. Be encouraged and call on Him.
Your first question might be, “Good. What is his name?” It’s in the book. Read it.
If you want a second or more witnesses from the same book, but different authors in different times. This same information is found in Acts 2:21 (Dr. Luke), Joel 2:32 (Prophet Joel).
There is one character in the Christmas story that I believe gets a terribly bad wrap. “The Innkeeper” is at worst trashed as a selfish degenerate and at best he is felt sorry for because he will never know joy.
and she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a feeding trough, because there was no place for them in the guest quarters. (Luk 2:7) [emphasis mine]
I read recently one of those cute little holiday messages which tried to show that all the traditional Christmas decour was in the Bible. Well, it does turn out that the Christmas tree is in the Bible, but not where they listed it. Nor is the message about it a good one.
I was eating dinner today and thinking. Trying to wade through all the mutual guilt, the man made religion the ritual and the prose. I came up with some simple answers: What does God want?
He wants you to love Him above all else.
He wants you to enjoy the life He has given to you. (This is for those who feel guilty about being successful. Yea, you know who you are.)
He wants you to help those you can reach. Don’t fret that you can’t help everyone and every cause. Help the ones you can reach. Don’t let anyone else use guilt to make you feel otherwise. There is but one judge and I guarantee that judge isn’t a human on earth today.
Tradition is a hard thing to let go of. Born of good intentions, they morph info dogmatism. People will even kill for their traditions. Even when presented proof contrary to what is tradition, people will hold on to them nonetheless.