As I wrap up my Only God study, all this week I've been looking at what our response should be to our amazing and awesome Creator. I have been focusing on Deuteronomy 10:12, where we learn that we are to fear God, to do what pleases Him, and to love and serve God with all our heart and soul. On Tuesday, I looked at the fact that since God is so amazing and is our Creator we should have a respectful fear. That fear in turn allows us to see that we need a Savior because we have not measured up to God's standards on our own. Yesterday I explored that it is through the power of Jesus that we are able to what pleases God. Not only that, but God plants the desire in us to please Him. Today, I want to look at loving and serving God; please read Luke 10:26-28.
When we come to a realization that we need a Savior and that God made a plan to make us right with Him, we are made aware of His incredible love for us. We are told in Ephesians 2:10 that once we believe and choose to follow Christ, we are made anew in Christ Jesus so we can do the good things that God planned for us. Part of this is the fact that God gives us new desires; desires to please Him. I absolutely love this because this morning I was reading James 1:14-15 which says, "Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death." (NLT) Our human desires ultimately lead to death; however, the desires that God plants in our hearts lead to life. Not only are we given mercy and grace, we are given new desires that continue to lead us to life.
Doesn't that realization make you love God? God loves us so much that He saves us and gives us the desires to please Him to replace the destructive desires that had taken us down the path to death. We were following the wrong road map in our sinful selves, but God gave us the map to life. He saves us and redirects us! That is so huge to me! When we understand how great Jesus's love and sacrifice is, we cannot help but love Him. Ephesians 3:18-19 tells us that we cannot fully comprehend Christ's love for us, but it is possible to understand some of it and experience it. We are to respond with love.
Going back to Ephesians 2:10, we are told that being created anew means we are able to do the things God planned for us long ago. Isn't it amazing to think that God made plans for us to do good things for Him long ago? Look at why we have been saved in Luke 1:74-75. He rescued us so we can serve Him completely. Sin was once our master, but we now serve a new master - our wonderful Creator. Please read Romans 6:12-14. Instead of moving toward death, we get to point to God and reveal His glory to the world around us. What an honor it is to serve God!
Do you love and serve God?
This post is linked with Thought Provoking Thursday.