Thursday, April 25, 2013

Serve The Lord With Gladness

2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful

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!

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

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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