Thursday, January 31, 2008

Hebrews 10:1-10

“Here I am, I have come to do your will.”

In a nutshell, that’s what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. To be a Christian is to offer our selves daily to God.

That is a very different thing than simply being concerned with keeping the law, with a legalistic approach to faith. People can strictly observe the law and not be very loving. They can get the words right without getting their hearts right. People can devote themselves to details of Christianity (what a person should or shouldn’t do) and miss the whole point of it (what matters most is the kind of person we are).

Offering God things (like money) is also a very different thing than offering him ourselves. People once offered God things like cow, thinking that as long as they did that, they could pretty much do what they wanted and that would cover it. Nowadays people are a bit more sophisticated. They offer God money or an hour on Sunday or an occasional prayer and that is the extent of their commitment. Love, however, doesn’t work like that. Love gives freely and without reserve, holding nothing back.

“Here I am, I have come to do your will.” That’s the prayer of someone deeply in love (remember how Westley expressed his love for Buttercup in The Princess Bride? “As you wish.”) It is not an obligation to be discharged through obeying rules, regulations, or even the letter (as opposed to the Spirit) of Scripture. It is not a matter of giving things (even obedience) when the reality is our heart is somewhere else.

“Here I am, I have come to do your will.”

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