Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Axioms, Adages, and Proverbs (4): Who do you Worship?

To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men. (A.W. Tozer)

Let's take a little quiz; I'll make it multiple choice for you.

1. Who are you living to please?
a. Myself
b. Others
c. God

2. Who do you worship?  Your answer to question #1 is also the answer to question #2.

Here's the deal; are you willing to live at odds with man if it means living rightly with God?  Are you willing to be a risk-taker; to be totally sold out to Him?  No matter what?  Even if it means you won't be liked?  The heart of Tozer's quote does not mean we should seek to be at odds with people...for God does call us to love each other and live in unity.  But still, there will be those times when living for Christ will be a very unpopular position.  Reminds me of two more of my favorite quotes;

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." (Bill Cosby)  
Well I do know the way to success; it's living to please God.  These words that Samuel once spoke to Saul seem to cut to the chase;

"What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice?  Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams." (1 Samuel 15:22 - NLT)

Reminds me of one last quote by Mother Theresa.  It's not so much a quote by her, although she did say it, but this was a commitment she made to God and I believe He honored her for it.  She said this;

“I will refuse Him nothing…and say ‘yes’ without delay.”

The goal is not to get caught up in some legalistic way of living, but to relentlessly pursue God through Jesus with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, TODAY.  And tomorrow, we start again...don't worry about being at odds with man; seek to be right with God instead.

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