"Hear my words, you wise men;
listen to me, you men of learning.
For the ear tests words
as the tongue tastes food.
Let us discern for ourselves what is right;
let us learn together what is good.”
"Ye must be born again." John 3:7
To wash and dress a corpse is a far different thing from making it alive: man can do the one, God alone can do the other. If you have then, been "born again," your acknowledgment will be, "It is no longer I who live, but Christ who liveth in me." May the Lord enable us to be well assured on this vital point, for to be unregenerate is to be unsaved, unpardoned, without God, and without hope. —from Morning and Evening Devotional
“Do you think it is right for you to claim,
‘I am righteous before God’?
For you also ask, ‘What’s in it for me?
What’s the use of living a righteous life?’
“I will answer you
and all your friends, too.
Look up into the sky,
and see the clouds high above you.
If you sin, how does that affect God?
Even if you sin again and again,
what effect will it have on him?
If you are good, is this some great gift to him?
What could you possibly give him?
No, your sins affect only people like yourself,
and your good deeds also affect only humans.
Loving God and loving people is our calling in life. We do not live on some step latter to heaven. Each time we smile right, give the proper amount of tithe or time to God, or do a good deed it does not add up like brownie points earning us our heavenly badges. What we do here on earth effects us and those around us. Whether our lives lead others to Christ or Satan by our action and words is relevant in the here and now and in the time to come. For whom we ourselves choose light or darkness, Jesus or Satan will adjust our living circumstances for all eternity. The way we live effects those around us and their eternal living courters as well. Our Kingdom we long for, our reward for right living is riches we shall adore and cherish. Not gold or silver. What comfort is shiny metals? Can they cushion ones head like a pillow and give rest? Can gold show you mercy or understanding? God's presence so astounding, to be home with our father is reward enough. When the time comes while the streets may be paved with gold as scripture states will not matter. But wait there is more for God's faithful ones there is rewards of splendor. For those who live humbly by Gods mercy and guiding spirit there is comfort beyond compare. For what is more precious than the company of the ones we love? Who can price the quality of laughter and joy found in the good company of friends and family? By our right living other will see and taste that the Lord is good. By our love for others, the love of their father they will come to know, to yearn for and ultimately accept. Loving God and loving people can it be so simple? Yes! Indeed!
Then the Lord said to Job, “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty?Who are we to find fault with God? Who are we that we think our ways are better and make more sense than that of God who formed the earth and clothed her; whom filled the tanks of the oceans, rivers and lakes and taught his fish to swim? We are his Children whom he loves and is patient with. He handles all our bickering, complaining, and shouts of irritation by our lack of information. He quiets our doubt with one breath. By His truth spoken in love we live life! He sustains us and has shown his love for us. God, though so great and mighty, came down and died on a cross for our sin.
You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?”
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
God's voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.
Proverbs3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.