Posted by: bshelley | April 12, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Entry for April 14, 2008

Today’s Verse: Luke 3:8 “Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.” NASB

I knew a man a few years ago that said for the longest time that he thought he was a Christian since he had grown up in a Christian country. After some Bible study with concerned friends, he discovered that what he thought was in fact was not true. Christianity is not caught by osmosis or by birth. One concern I continually have is some people are occupying seats on Sunday morning in church, but are relying on the fact that mom’s or dad’s or grandparent’s faith or church attendance will somehow cover them. John the Baptist is addressing this same issue with those who claimed that just because they were descendents of Abraham that they thought they were good to go regardless of what else they did in their lives. The whole point is that it is not proximity but changed heart condition that is required. We must not only put up a “Under New Management” sign over our lives, we should have a subsequent change in behavior and attitude in keeping with the new Lordship. With God, it is always a heart thing. Unfortunately, as humans we have an amazing capability to deny and rationalize our own behaviors which might betray a heart condition not in keeping with a close walk with Him. We conveniently “overlook” flaws in our own walk while casting condemning glares and remarks at others. That’s the log Jesus is referring to in Luke 6:42, isn’t it? Let’s ask God as we start out our day to show us an inventory of our own heart condition. Let’s call it a spring heart cleaning. If we are relying on Abraham, parents or country of origin to save us, we might just take a long prayerful look at Acts 2:38. Relationship to Jesus is what saves. Let’s draw our hearts near to Him and let Him truly reign in our lives.

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Responses

  1. Bryan,

    Great post!

    One thing God does not have, grandchildren in the faith. No inherited righteousness, only the righteousness that is by faith, one person at a time who become God’s children and members of the church universal.

    Thanks so much for stopping by GraceDigest and for your comment.

    His peace,
    Royce Ogle


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