What does God owe us?

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A few weeks ago, I was reading Job (rhymes with globe, a book in the Bible) near the end when God finally spoke to him. The verse that’s captivated my mind since I read it was Job 41:11 “Who has first given to me, that I should repay him?
Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.”

I think that for some reason we think God owes us something. We may think we’ve been good, or done something that we think He should bless us for. But according to this verse, God says we can’t do anything that he should repay us. He doesn’t owe us anything!

Our culture is so egotistic that we continue to live as though the world revolves around us. Its all about me, isn’t it? We are so great in our eyes. But the truth is, we are nothing compared to God. He created everything, from the unfathomable reaches of the universe to the innermost recesses of our hearts and minds. He is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent. The list gets long! But lastly, let me mention that God is love (1 John 4:8). Love so beyond our ability to understand that He would love us. And that’s where this verse takes me.

We should never stop thanking God for His love, mercy (not getting what we deserve) and grace (getting what we don’t deserve). We are loved, blessed, forgiven and fulfilled only because God chooses to condescend to us. I know it seems really amazing, but He does love us, and the cross is the supreme expression of His love. He died so we could be with Him forever.

Thanks God today for His love, mercy and grace.

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The Reason I Go to Church

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This summer has been the first time in 23 years when I have not had a church job. Since 1988 I’ve been on a church staff. For the first time in 23 years, I have not been responsible for leading Sunday morning worship, or making arrangements for someone else to lead in my absence.  It would have been very easy to not go to church at all. But for me, the conviction to go to church comes very simply. Its Hebrews 10:25.

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

That settles it for me. I should go to church because scripture admonishes me to do so. Its not a decision based on my feelings or my schedule, my likes or dislikes, my desires or pleasures, or my benefit or blessing. Its an act of obedience to the admonition of scripture.

Lets not let our culture tell us its ok to be somewhere else. We need to be in God’s house on Sunday. Its God’s desire, its for our good, and its good for others around us.