Friday, January 05, 2007

Desire To Please God

Hits, Runs, and Errors

But Peter . . . said, "We ought to obey God rather than men."
Acts 5:29

Recommended Reading
1 Samuel 15:20-23

The Mets beat the Astros in a 4-2 victory last fall, partly because of an error made by Houston second baseman, Craig Biggio, who failed to make an easy catch. The ball rolled between his legs and into right-center field. Biggio had a simple explanation. He was thinking so hard about how to score a double play that he lost his focus. "I just forgot to catch it," he said. "It was huge. That was a big error."

The same thing can happen to us. We're so distracted by life's possibilities that we forget the simplest thing—to obey the Lord. Has He told us to meditate on His Word (Joshua 1:8)? To be joyful (1 Thessalonians 5:16)? To abstain from every hint of sexual immorality (Ephesians 5:3, NIV)?

Has He warned us against forsaking the assembling of ourselves together for worship (Hebrews 10:25)? Has He told us to live peaceably with everyone so far as it is possible (Romans 12:18)? To bring our tithes into His storehouse (Malachi 3:10)?

The Bible is chock full of commands—both large and small—and they're just as important as His promises. Focus on them so you'll not have to stand before Him one day and say, "I just forgot to obey."

Let every one, therefore, who has either any desire to please God, or any love of his own soul, obey God.
John Wesley

Genesis 11:1 - 14:24

HT: Turning Point Online

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