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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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TOF – What’s In It For Me?

December 10th, 2014

Most people approach life with a “What’s in it for me?” attitude.

That’s not necessarily bad. It’s just the way it is. Most of what you buy is to make your life better. Most of what you sell or give is to somehow make your life better. Most of what you think about is yourself.

Christianity is counter-cultural, though. It is basically the opposite of the “What’s in it for me?” attitude. At least, that’s how it appears.

Christianity is all about others. It should be, at least. At the heart of Christianity is loving God so much that it overflows into a genuine love for everyone around us—causing us to think less of ourselves.

But IS there anything in it for me? IS it really all about others?

There’s PLENTY in it for you! Psalm 68:19 “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.”

Selah just means, “Stop. Think about that while.”

God promises joy and fulfillment in life. God promises blessings. God promises good feelings. God promises happy marriages. God promises sane and safe homes. God promises… GOOD.

But wait… the world promises all those things too—fun, joy, happiness, a good time, fun marriages, good stuff…

So who’s right? Who should you believe? They both promise the same thing!

Look at the history of each. Look back in time. Look at those who have lived by God’s principles and compare them to those who have lived by worldly principles.

Which one delivers?

Only God can deliver on the promises. The devil just ends up a liar. As always.

Don’t live in the moment. Sin promises a lot of pleasure in the moment. What’s in it for you? If you serve God, what’s in it for you? How about all of God’s promises. That’s what.

But it’s so hard! you think.

I know. I agree. But it’s worth it. At least in my life it has been. I’m praying for you to make it. At times I wonder if I want God’s best for you even more than you want what’s best for you.

I love you, class, and I pray for you. I prayed for you this morning, each by name. Love God. Love others. Do right.

– Bro. Ryan

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