Last week we looked at the truth about God’s sovereignty and our human responsibility. While God is sovereign He did not create us as robots so that He could “control” us every second of the day. God gave us a freewill to choose. So, when bad things happen don’t automatically blame God. It could have been your choice, someone else’s choice or the devil. But a lot of the times our own choices are the causes for our pain and suffering. For instance, if you choose unforgiveness, you will reap bitterness, resentment, hatred, anger which can open doors for Satan and his demons to hit you with accidents, sicknesses, illnesses and all kinds of evil. We reap what we sow. We concluded last week with this scripture: “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life..” (Deut. 30:19, NKJV) Jesus gives life. Satan kills, steals and destroys. So, choose wisely.
Today’s theme present two more choices: Love the world OR Love God the Father. Note the capitalised, bolded “OR” between the two choices. It means you can’t have both. You are choosing to love either the world OR God; not both.
God has built into the universe the law of the harvest which says whatever you sow that is exactly what you will reap. It will be very unusual to sow potato seeds and harvest onions! Yet many people live their lives this way. They get surprised by their harvests and start blaming others and God for what they are reaping. Bottom line – if you don’t like what you’re are seeing or experiencing, change your seeds.
So the choices are Loving the world value system OR Loving God? The world offers the lust of the flesh (life controlled by “feelings”), the lust of the eyes (If only I have a new house, car, job…it would solve all my problems) and the pride of life (I don’t need anybody. I am self-sufficient). (1John 2:16) God offers love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Gal. 5:22-23) Your choice.
But “how” do I love God? Well, start reading and meditating on His word, the bible. The best place to start is with the life of Jesus found in the four Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Jesus is God’s Ultimate Answer to everything you want to know about God. And while you’re at it ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you’re reading. The more you know Jesus, the deeper you’ll fall in love with God the Father. The more you fall in love with Father God, the more you will surrender your life to Him. Daily surrender to God is the key to living life to the full. May you choose to surrender your all, to the LORD Jesus Christ.