It is an odd thought. God knows the contents of each heart. He knows our thoughts, even the fact we are considering the fact of His knowing our thoughts.
And who is God? He is the only one whose knowledge of us can make an eternal difference. And He is the only one who does truly know each of us.
If we cannot impress God, why do we need to worry about impressing anyone? Would it not be great if we could make ourselves stop trying?
How do we stop trying? I suspect that has a lot to do with striving for humility, putting obedience to God first. Instead of worry about impressing others, we seek to be obedient. We put the thought of what God wants from us first in our mind.
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How would you finish this sentence:
You’re a good Christian if…
This was the question put to us by the leaders of our Overcoming Obstacles to Intimacy With God study. The responses were interesting. Here are a few of them:
You’re a good Christian if you…
read your Bible
go to church
don’t drink, dance, smoke, or chew
don’t watch “R” movies
only listen to Christian music
are always nice
“have it all together”
The one thing these answers have in common is that they are all focused on a person’s image.
Don’t misunderstand me. I am not against these things. In fact, without some of them (like time spent in the Word and talking with God on a regular basis), spiritual growth is impossible. However, I want to look beyond the surface and examine the why.
Lists like the one above were referred to as…
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