Friday, July 01, 2016
PSALM 100:2 NASB 2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.
When I was a young Christian I had the wrong mindset about serving God. I didn't want to go to Hell so I wanted to serve God. But really I saw God as a hard taskmaster, very difficult or even impossible to please.
I hesitated to tell others about Jesus because I thought it was so difficult to be a Christian.
I have since learned how wrong I was in my thinking. Jesus said His yoke is easy (Matthew 11:30).
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is truly Good News. God is not a hard taskmaster! He is the most loving, patient and kind being in the Universe. Knowing Him and being loved by Him should cause us to celebrate and shout for joy!
PSALM 100:2 CEB 2 Serve the LORD with celebration! Come before him with shouts of joy!
Why did I previously think those wrong things about God? Because I was focused too much on Scriptures in the Bible that were designed to help me realize my need for a Savior so I would turn to Jesus.
I didn't realize I was supposed to be trusting in Jesus for my right standing with God instead of trusting in my own performance. I was not looking at the verses telling me what Jesus had already done for me.
Now after many years, I realize that God has worked in me and I am no longer the same. Things that used to appeal to me greatly (and were harmful for me) no longer appeal to me. But this was something God worked in me as I grew in Christ. It was not a struggle I went through by using my will-power to overcome.
I am SO glad to be a Christian believer today. It is the most wonderful thing that ever happened to me. It gives me inexpressible joy to know Jesus and belong to Him.
But I am also sad because so many of my brothers and sisters are still stuck with the wrong mindset I used to have. They are not excited about God and glad to belong to Him. And that is sad.
PHILIPPIANS 4:4 CEB 4 Be glad in the Lord always! Again I say, be glad!
SAY THIS: Knowing God is something to be glad about!
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