I do a ministry in northern Thailand, and here we run a Saturday school. One Saturday when we had over 60 children, I was quite tired after four hours of driving, pick up and send all the children back home and to teach English for four hours. I started and reflected on this: Why did I have a feeling of contentment and joy?
For almost 20 years ago, when I started to think about going to another country to share the Good News. I was not thinking about doing children’s ministry. I had pictured it a bit different life? I didn’t see myself as a English teacher, or a driver. That was the least thing I was thinking off. I was reflecting over this and wonder why do I still have such a joy doing this? I could have chosen a much easier life, so why did I choose this?
When is God pleased and satisfied with us? Many Christians struggle with this question.
I had a quiz on my website for a while back, and one of the questions I had was: When do we please God? I was amazed how many people wrote: It is when I pray, don’t do any sins, sing worship songs, do evangelism, lead someone to Jesus and so on.
The focus was on what we need to do, but what is it that really satisfies God?
I have good news for you today, your worth is not connected to what we do, but who we are (read also more text under!).
In this world it is easy to be stressed out. It can be all from work, circumstances, family, bad report when it comes to sickness or even when it comes to know our identity.
As a believer in a mighty God, we should not give into this stress, but the reality is that we are not so much different from people in this world. We still let this things get to us and even control us. And you are not alone, and sometimes I ask why? We have an answer that this world dose not have, and a hope and a power that are beyond our circumstances. So why do we worry? Often it is actually because we feel we not please God enough, so he might not hear our prayers. And that brings us back to identity too.
The truth is or soul can be still and know that He truly is God.
We have probably all heard that God is love (1Joh 4:8), but what does that really mean?
Some believe that God only has love, it’s only one of his attributes, and he will show it to us when we deserved it or when we have behaved good.
Some believe he only loves me and will hear my prayer when I have repented from all of the sins I have done. Some may even think: All sins I have done since I was a child and I also need to know exactly what I did. So they search and search their past and life to discover what they have done wrong, but that is not what God wants you to do. It is about how much you are forgiven and loved, not how much you have sinned.
There are a lot of people who are not very confident in their prayer, fellowship and communication with him, because they believe that God keeps a record of wrongs.
Have you ever asked yourself this question: What is it all about? It may be in several contexts we can ask ourselves this question, perhaps in relation to the meaning of life, but have you ever asked this question in relation to your faith and Christian life? Maybe you’re a bit scared of this question, because it may be associated with unbelief. Sometimes it can be healthy to ask yourself some questions, and remember God does not get nervous because of it.
I have heard many say that we need more of God or Jesus, but do we need more of Him? Does the Bible says that we must hunger and thirst for more and that we do not have anything of Him yet. Do we need more power, more forgiveness, more of His nature, or more blessing from God?
Sin is a thing that will bind you and lead you into bondage. Paul says in Romans that he who sins is a slave to sin. You are not called to be a slave to sin, but you are called to be free, free from sin and its power. God want to shift your focus away from sin and to righteousness.
God does not focus on your sin, but who you are in Him, and that you are loved.
He will establish you in what you already are in Him and that you are righteous and loved. That is His goal.
Many view Jesus and God as a stern Lord or slave master, but it could not be further from the truth. Yet, many Christians are very focused on what they must do for Jesus, or whether they are doing everything right. They might think: Have I committed some sins that have made God angry at me, and in some way he wants to punish me?
What are Jesus and God calling us? Is it slaves and servants? Or is it his friend and son or daughter? I want to share with you two scriptures today that will show very clearly how God looks at you.
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