Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Genesis 45:16-28; Psalms 81, 82; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 6:13-29

God makes it easy for us: “There is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live.” God doesn’t leave anything up to our imagination. He specifically says there is only one God and that God is the one for whom we live. We don’t live for that antique sports car we dream about, or that delicious Death By Chocolate ice cream from Milwaukee’s. People are very quick to idolize nearly everything they take interest in, even if it doesn’t deal with God. This isn’t to say that we need to go to church everyday and only participate in church activities; we need to live our entire lives for God, every aspect. It was him that gave us our lives in the first place.

I believe it is easier than it sounds to live our lives for God. When you go jogging, don’t go jogging to lose weight so that you will look better for other people. Lose weight because God gave you the ability to run, and so that other people can see God’s amazing creation. Do everything that you do for God, not just because you can or to better yourself. When, for example, we start to exercise purely for our selves, we quickly fall into the trap of idolizing so many things that aren’t God. We start to idolize the way other people look, the way we look, the food we eat, and how much time we spend in the gym. All of these things pile up and get in the way of what we should be focusing on God.

Andrew Nelson

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