Tuesday, October 13, 2009

'God Is Not Boring" - John Piper

Have you ever felt reading the Bible can be so boring? Or have you ever felt God is not a fun God, but rather a strict God who's yes is yes and no is no?

I've not been spending much time with God recently. I don't really know why till I start to check myself inside. Part of it, I think I'm getting lazier. Another part of it, I feel reading the Bible is a commandment, a must do as a Christian to grow. There are times where I fell in love reading the Bible when God shows how real He is. When He starts showing you part of the Bible that you thought you will never understand, when He rebukes or shows you what have you done wrong, when He inspires you with His words, when He gives you words of encouragement when others around you are not supportive or encouraging. When you think no one cares, no one knows, God says He cares, He loves you and He is watching over everything in your life. Even the times you just stand and sit, He knows. That is (my and our) God.

This week I'm feeling doing things much routine-ly, if there's such a word. And throughout the days in this week, God reminded me that I should spend time with Him because of one reason- because I love Him. Not because it is a duty (which I know it shouldn't be long time ago.. but I fall at this trap again and again at times) and because it is a commandment. A must do. I don't like being forced to do something; I like to do it because I love doing it! It's me! And God wants the same of me too. Just like how I like to do a thing- I do it with passion, with love, with a heart so willing; this is how God wants my attitude to be like- because I love God. So simple, yet maybe humans or myself makes it complicated.

If you are trudging along, believing you have to give, have to read the Bible, have to pray, have to walk in the fruit of the Spirit, I encourage you to stop thinking you have to do anything. You will discover that God will give you the grace to want to do the things that lead to a victorious life in Him.

Some Christians want to make a law our of studying the Bible or spending a certain amount of time with God. But we should be motivated to read God's Word and spend time with Him because of our love relationship with Him, not because of a commandment to do so.

Jesus said, "If you (really) love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands" (John 14:15). What He really meant was, "If you love Me and walk in fellowship with Me, you will keep My commandments." If you concentrate on loving God, then keeping His commandments will become a natural part of what you do. It is a promise He makes to you.

And do you know God is a creative God? How can I find new ways to praise Him- drawing a picture, writing a poem, compose a song perhaps?

Adapted from: http://www.weesdomofwords.blogspot.com/ (the words above in purple Italic)


Vivien said...

Yes! Truly AGREE!!
I have experience that too, when i walk close to God, i hardly do smtg not good...but when im far away, the bad stuff i do and speak is like, Waterfall......=.= swt...

And too, when the relationship with God is close, i will nvr get tired in doing His thing....in fact, m excited to do it!!
Thanks sis for sharing this post =D

++MeLisSa++ said...

Hehe! <3