Almighty God - through Jesus Christ made a way for sinful man to have a relationship with a holy God! It was His plan, His idea (from before the foundation of the world), and His sacrifice.
- John 14:6
- Romans 5:1-2, 6-11
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through Him! 10 For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. [emphasis mine]
Now with those passages tucked in your heart... chew on this statement that was told to me over 20 years ago in a message from a former pastor. It sounds like an Oswald Chambers quote but so far I have not been able to attribute it to him. But it has been a powerful statement to live by in my own life. It is easy to get side-tracked in the "doing for God". May we never lose sight of the truth!
NEVER ALLOW YOUR SERVICE
TO BECOME A SUBSTITUTE
FOR YOUR RELATIONSHIP
May the things we attempt to "do" for God be the things that flow naturally out of the loving, abiding, and obedient relationship we have with Him.
- John 15:5