Written by His Grace
Kevin K. O’Connor Mar. 10th, 2006
Main thought: to examine the trait that pleases the heart of God our Father
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. Ecclesiastes (in Context) Ecclesiastes 9 (Whole Chapter) 1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.1 Corinthians 10:30-32 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 10 (Whole Chapter)
If there’s one thing that it seems that God really hates, and that is not putting our whole heart into what we’re doing. God loves whole heartedness even if we may not be going in the right direction because He knows how to steer a heart that is in motion like a ship. But a heart/ship that is still cannot be guided. Our Precious Brother Paul as seen in the book of Acts was all for the killing of God’s people. Once he saw that he was going down the wrong path, he became a wonderful instrument of God’s Love and Purpose in this world.
Don’t we all love it when someone puts all of their heart into what they do? Whether it is music, art, acting, physical labor, whatever it is. There’s something about putting all of ourselves into what we do that reaches down deep into our being. I think the reason it does is because God Himself put All of Himself into what He did in the creation and even today as He is reaching out to those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
How I love to take time to look at the smallest flower or gaze into the heavens at the brightest star and wonder at the infinite majesty of Who God is! I say wonder because there is not enough capacity in the hearts or minds of man to fully take in Who He is.
Oh how we’d love to wrap our minds around Who He is or even just to be able to fully see the beginning or the end of His wisdom. It fascinates me how mankind is always trying to make a more powerful telescope to find the end of the heavens or a more powerful microscope to see the beginning of an atom. And yet, the further we look, the more we see and the more we learn that we have yet to see the end or the beginning. Why do you think that is? I think it is because when God makes anything, He puts all of Himself into it. And so, just as He is infinite, so within all we take time to look at, we will be looking into the infinite beauty of the wisdom, power, and creativity of God.
Praise God for those who know how to go beyond the surface of what they can see or feel to get to the heart of something. It seems that God is looking for those who know how to press in to get something of value. Kind of like Jacob of old who would not let go until God blessed him. Genesis 32:26 Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." Genesis 32:25-27 (in Context) Genesis 32 (Whole Chapter) And again in the book of Matthew; Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:5-7 (in Context) Matthew 5 (Whole Chapter)
How it blesses God’s heart to see us exploring His Infiniteness. Oh the joy of learning or experiencing something new. How sad is one who has lost the fire to explore or look for higher heights or deeper depths. These people are like those who He warns us about in the book of Revelation; Revelation 3:15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! Revelation 3:14-16 (in Context) Revelation 3 (Whole Chapter) Revelation 3:16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:15-17 (in Context) Revelation 3 (Whole Chapter) By being cold or hot it at least shows that we have passion and conviction about what we are doing, but to be lukewarm just shows absolute laziness to do doing anything of worth. Oh how we need to stir up the fire of passion within our hearts so that we may be used of Him; John; John 15:6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. John 15:5-7 (in Context) John 15 (Whole Chapter) God Loves those who are passionate. But those who have become so consumed with their own laziness or pride He has no interest in.
The cleanest water is that which is flowing from a pure source. The moment it begins to sit still is the moment stagnation begins to set in. God is the source of purest water and desires us to be His vessels. But, to be vessels fit for His use, since he is living and active, He is looking for like hearts to enter in with so that our lives may truly be full of His joy and peace. Notice that just as even the purest water can stagnate if left to sit still, so even branches of a good tree can die if not producing fruit. God didn’t even spare the Jews, His chosen people, when they refused Him but cut them off and grafted us in their place and will not refuse to do the same for us if we refuse to enter in to a walk of service with Him. Romans 11:22-24 22Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!
The only problem I see with the “once saved, always saved” issue is that it is contrary to God’s Word. That statement is true ONLY to those who continue to walk with Him, but to those whose love grows cold are on very dangerous ground for God Himself warns us over and over again about the consequences of such; Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. When God Himself says that He has the authority to blot someone’s name out of the Book of Life, I would listen! There is coming a shaking upon the earth and it will be like a refiner’s fire. The impurities will rise to the surface and be skimmed off and that which remains will be for His Glory, Honor, and Praise. Those who learn to press in to Him now will have the fortitude to press on. For, it’s God in us the hope of Glory (Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Colossians 1:26-28 (in Context) Colossians 1 (Whole Chapter)) that will see us through, not our determination or will-power but His Grace and Presence that will carry us through.
How sad it will be for many people who have had a life of “religion” and not “relationship” with Christ when they pass from this life to the next. What a frightening awakening many will have when they close their eyes in their own false peace of relationship with Him when their life was only a life of head knowledge or words of service that lacked the passion of relationship with Christ. Matthew 7:21-23 21"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' These are ones that even call Him “Lord” and yet, they don’t even know Him as such. Heaven will not be a place full of people who know how to talk the talk without walking the walk. It will only be for those who pressed in to knowing Him passionately and personally. Knowledge has a way of pacifying us but if that knowledge doesn’t make it from our heads down into our hearts, we will die in our sins. Being half-hearted instead of whole-hearted gives us just enough of something to make us comfortable but not changed. We need to enter into the Fire of God’s Holy Presence and let His Infinite Holiness consume us and transform us into His image.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the perfect example of Passion You gave us in Your Son! May the Fire of Love that was in His Heart, be in ours so that our hearts may soar together on the heights of joy! In Jesus Glorious Name, Amen
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