“We are in danger…”

“We are in danger of forgetting that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do. We cannot save ourselves nor sanctify ourselves, God does that; but God will not give us good habits, He will not give us character, He will not make us walk aright. We have to do all that ourselves, we have to work out salvation God has worked in. ‘Add’ means to get into the habit of doing things, and in the initial stages it is difficult. To take the initiative is to make a beginning, to instruct yourself in the way you have to go.” – Oswald Chambers

Many times, we ask God to give us such and such and grant us this and that, but we forget, or rather ignore, that it is up to us to work out many of the things which we ask for – that the life we are called to live as Christians can be directed and guided only so far by God Himself. There is work to be done by us and only us. He cannot do it. There are many commands of action and doing that are found in the Bible – instructions that lead us into becoming leaders, teachers, and disciples. It’s time we stop making excuses and just get after it.

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Believe in Something Bigger

A couple of months ago this was one of the first billboard advertisements I saw for the CA Lottery Powerball jackpot, which is awarding up to $270 MILLION. The immediate and only reaction I got from this ad was the blatant emphasis that, as a country, we have come to the ultimate point where money is god. Yes, this cliche has been thrown around for decades, but how much more obvious can you get? Quite honestly, it sickens and saddens me. This message invokes the sentiment that we’ve succumbed to the almighty power of the dollar, that we can’t take control or take care of ourselves without the supernatural influence of money. It’s saddening that money has become such a powerful, ruling force in our lives, that it is the only thing we need to better ourselves.

Clearly, this is wrong for personal, “religious” reasons. But aside from the dichotomy of God vs. money, do we all really believe that money is above us? That we have lack the power to control our own lives and they would be better off with the help of a buck? For our sake, and for the sake of future generations I sure hope not.

Believe in Something Bigger