Hey guys! I know it’s been a while…college has started to get the best of me. All of my professors tried to cram everything in before break. But, it’s finally Spring Break, and I couldn’t be any happier to be home!
Following Your Heart
I don’t know about y’all, but growing up, church and religion always seemed like a set of morals and rules we had to follow. If we did the things the bible said, we’d be saved by grace and go to heaven. So for many years, that’s how I lived my life. I went to church, I didn’t cuss, I loved my neighbor…
However, something happened my freshman year of college. A friend asked me to go to a bible study with her one Tuesday night. That night, they talked about how being a Christian isn’t about obeying rules. It’s about living a life, on fire for the Lord. If our hearts are set on Jesus, then we don’t have to try to follow a set of rules. We want to. We want to please God by doing what is right.
After that night, I started really digging deeper into the bible. I had always had some trouble with the, “which church is the correct church?” question, and I wanted to understand better God’s message. Eventually, He showed me Romans 14. There are several great lessons in this book (I’ll make another post or two about those sometime down the road), but today, I’ll focus on just one.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.
The kingdom of God is a matter of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit…that is powerful. Yes, righteousness through grace is important. But it’s also just as important that we live for Him with peace and joy in our hearts.
This verse also popped out at me during my studies. Our obedience of the Lord is nothing if we don’t love Him. Works without faith are nothing.
As a challenge to you this week, try thinking about your motives for everything you do. Are you doing it out of love for God, or something else? It’s tough. It might even drive you crazy for the first little while. But in the end, it’s worth it.
I hope this post has touched at least one of you. I know it helped me studying to write about it. If y’all have any questions, comments, concerns, etc., please let me know!
In Christian Love,