Monday, January 30, 2012

What Is Our Response?

Deuteronomy 10:12

For this last week of my Only God study, I would like to look at what our response should be to God who is our only God.  There is so much more that we could declare only God in our lives, but throughout this study I looked at the following:

God is the only God
Only God is our Provider
Only God is our Creator
Only God is both God and man
Only God is our Savior
Only God makes us new
Only God is our Healer
Only God is Holy
Only God is Just

God is amazing and awesome and He loves us dearly.  He loves us so much that He saved us even when we didn't do anything to earn it.  He loves us so much that He makes us a new creation in Jesus so we can do the good things He planned for us (Ephesians 2:10).  He loves us so much that He provides for us and heals us.  God is not a god who doesn't care about us and our concerns, He is a God who has sacrificed much so we could have a right relationship with Him.  Let's look at Deuteronomy 10:12 to see what our response should be.

We see three things in this verse that we should do: fear the Lord our God, live in a way that pleases God, and love and serve God with all our heart and soul.  Each is a fairly simple concept to get, but living it out is different.  I think there is a reason that God told us to fear Him as the first command in this verse.  Because we can't see God, it is very easy to become casual about the way we view and relate to Him.  If we lived every moment of every day with the thought that the God of the universe was with us, we would probably make very different choices.  But sometimes we make choices out of our fear of people over what we know God would want us to do.  We forget that God is the only One whom we should fear.  He is the only One who can give us eternal life or death, and this should give us a respectful fear.

Our fear of God doesn't have to be a picture of a God who is just waiting for us to make a mistake so He can pounce on us.  Don't forget that He has a tremendous love for us that elicited the greatest sacrifice the world has ever seen.  But, our response to this love should be that we live our lives in a way that pleases Him.  This means obedience.  God wants a heart of obedience; He wants us to have a desire to please Him.  How do we know what pleases Him?  We need to be in the Bible, we need to be a part of a community of believers and worship, and we need to form spiritual friendships.  This will build our knowledge and understanding of how we should live and provide accountability.

The last thing that God listed in this verse is to love and serve Him with all our heart and soul.  This means that we are not just saying we love Him, this means that we really love Him.  Our services to Him is fueled out of our love for Him.  We don't serve Him because we have to; we serve Him because we get to.  God doesn't need us to serve Him, but He wants us to live life with Him.  He wants us to be a part of ministry with Him.  It is absolutely amazing that the creator of everything would want us to serve Him!

What is your response to God?

This post is linked with Sharing His Beauty.

2 comments:

  1. I love how you wrote that our response to God's love for us is to live our lives in order to please Him! That is simply put in 1 John 4:19, "We love because he first loved us." I can't imagine having any other response! Blessings, Joan

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