March 2021 Newsletter

News and announcements from the Immanuel Leidy's Church community.

Pastor’s Column

Mind our Minds

One of the great concerns on most people’s minds is what we are permitting to enter our minds. Big tech companies operating major social media markets across the world, like Google and Facebook have begun to censure people’s postings on their media platforms because they have determined the content as inappropriate for public consumption. Businesses have limited employees full excess to media platforms because it causes great distraction and reduces productivity in the workplace. Institutions like school, hospitals, and families have taken steps to insert filters on computers to provide media protection for their users. Our government created extensive firewall matrixes on computerized systems because of the threat of cyber-attacks from adversarial governments seeking to compromise our national security.

Though some of these measures are prudent steps to limit access and consumption on media outlets, what steps are we taking personally to mind our minds. For the Christian, we know that there are two sources of wisdom. There is the wisdom of God and the wisdom of the world. The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:19-25 makes a sharp distinction between the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of God when he teaches on the word of the cross. We read, “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.” “Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

With this in mind, what steps do we take to personally mind our minds, to distinguish between the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of God? Are we so rooted in the wisdom of God, so as to filter out the corrupting wisdom of the world, or are we loosely taking in data with no discerning filters in place? Proverbs 4:23 says, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” Are we sensitive to the threats of compromise and conformity to the world, which are ever-present to our family members and church membership?

The Apostle Paul warns us against corrupting systems of thought being presented that can deceive believers living in this fallen world. Paul compares it to warfare, a battle of the minds of men. The battle begins in the mind!

In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 we read, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”

Paul teaches us that God’s purpose for us, as believers, is to be conformed to the image of His Son; therefore, we are not to be pressed into the world’s mold. In Romans 12:2 we read, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

As we consider the practical aspects of these exhortations to mind our minds, we need to ask ourselves how much time we spend on social media platforms, that feeds fleshly desires verses nourishing our souls. We must take care and be discerning about what we allow to enter our minds, so that we stay on the pathway of godliness with the Lord. We need to mind our minds.

To the glory of God

Steven L. Myers

Thirty Pieces of Silver

During the Lenten season Leidy’s Church members put aside daily or weekly offerings for the Thirty Pieces of Silver offering. Bringing those collected funds to the church on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday, members know they will be used for a worthy benevolent ministry.

This year those funds of silver will help to fight the effects of a flood at God’s Treasure House. On Christmas Eve of 2020 there was a tremendous rain storm late in the evening. There was widespread flooding. That flooding included the basement of God’s Treasure House. There was extensive damage. The damage has not yet been addressed.

Hence, Leidy’s Church intends to help God’s Treasure House fight the flood with our own flood of funds from the Thirty Pieces of Silveroffering. Use the zip-lock bag that you received in the February newsletter to collect your offerings. Each time you use it, as you put in the offering also offer up a prayer to the Lord Jesus for the ministry of God’s Treasure House. They are our neighbors across the street as well as beloved sisters in the Lord.

March Pulpit Schedule

7th – Hearing & Doing God’s Word – Isaiah 1:10-20; Matthew 7:13-29; James 1:19-27; 2:14-26

Many people pride themselves with an ability to speak eloquently before a crowd. This is as true today as it was in the first century. But we must realize that a speech is often done from rote or by actors playing a role. The speech may have no meaning to the one speaking. James puts our focus on listening, not to a polished speech, but to hear the Word of God, with a faith-driven purpose to do what the Word says; for as we listen to do the Word we grow in godliness.   

14th – Faith & Favoritism Do Not Mix – Deuteronomy 10:12-22; Acts 10:23b -48; James 2:1-13

In chemistry, there are substances that are immiscible, meaning substances that are not capable of combining together, such as the liquids of water and oil. So faith and favoritism does not mix I the church. James speaks against showing favoritism based on people’s status in life. To elevate the rich over the poor by granting prominence to the rich and marginalizing the poor is wrong. There are several reasons why this is so, which we will carefully examine.   

21st – Faith with No Works is Dead – Isaiah 58:6-14; Matthew 25: 31-46; James 2:14-26

There is a saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. This saying should never be applied to people who say they have a faith in God but have nothing to show for it. In this case, James has much to say about that sort of faith; for true faith will be accompanied by works of faith. In fact, James says, “faith without work is dead.” Let us be people who have a living faith producing works rather than a dead one.

28th – Faith Training Teachers & Wise Talkers – Proverbs 16:27-29; Mark 7:5-23; James 3:1-18

Do you remember the children’s Sunday School song, “Oh be careful little tongue what you say … for the Father up above is looking down in love … so be careful little tongue what you say.” This song has serious teaching not just for little children but for us all. God is weighing out our words, and the substance of our words has eternal consequences with God. We will see why this is so as we think about our speech in light of James 3.

From the Pastor to Youth & Children

Worship can be a difficult idea to define. This comment may surprise some people, particularly when Christians have been gathering for worship on a weekly basis for 2000 years. Just because we go to worship or perform the acts of worship does not mean we understand it. Given the way our culture seems to worship many things, I think it is important for Christians to understand what worship is and what it is not. Even as we speak of our Sunday service, we sometimes use the word worship in different ways. Sometimes we talk about the time of singing as worship.  Sometimes we talk about the whole service as worship. Sometimes we even speak of our entire lives as opportunities to worship. What exactly is worship? Dictionaries help us a little bit. They usually define worship with something like giving honor or paying homage to God. When it is defined in this way, it is clear that Christians should be worshipping God. However, even the definition does not really tell us how we might go about worshipping God.

The Scriptures help us as it describes worship. Within the Ten Commandments God directed Israel not to worship any god but Him. The word translated as worship can be defined or translated as to fall down. This is not the falling down of a clumsy individual. This is an intentional bowing down in reverence and awe. Throughout the Scriptures we have many descriptions of individuals who meet with the Lord and fall down “in worship”. When these people come into the presence of God, they give to Him reverence and honor. Clearly that dictionary definition of worship was on to something. Worship is an act wherein God’s people come into the presence of God, adore and magnify His excellent qualities, and bow their own hearts and minds before Him. 

Beyond the Ten Commandments, the Scriptures are full of examples and instructions about worship.  Daniel 4:37 provides an example of worship and a picture of its truthful character. For context, we remember that this is directly after Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon lost and then regained his mind. Remember that the Lord had given Israel and most of the rest of the known world into his hand.  When he became proud, the Lord warned him to humble himself. After he refused, the Lord made him to live as an animal in the field. After living as a beast, his mind was restored, he called upon the Lord in praise, and his kingdom was returned to him. Daniel 4:37 expresses Nebuchadnezzar’s reflection on what happened and it is a wonderful example of worship. It says, NOW I, NEBUCHADNEZZAR, PRAISE, EXALT, AND HONOR THE KING OF HEAVEN, FOR ALL HIS WORKS ARE TRUE AND HIS WAYS JUST, AND HE IS ABLE TO HUMBLE THOSE WHO WALK IN PRIDE. 

In this example of worship, Nebuchadnezzar is confessing the truth. He is describing life and reality faithfully. Truly God is the king of heaven who is just in all His ways. Truly God is able to humble those who walk in pride. As Christians think about worship, we need to think in the same way. Our worship, which is an overflow of reverence to God from our hearts, is to be an expression of the reality of the Lord and His work in creation. Truthful worship then acknowledges the realities of our sin, the certainty of our justification by Christ’s blood, and the hope Christians have at the Lord’s return. May we by the power of the Spirit in the name of our Lord Jesus, worship the Lord magnifying His name!

To the Praise of His Glory,

Michael W. Nowling

2021 Holy Week at Leidy’s Church

Holy week has always been a joyous occasion for Christ’s Church, with special times for worship and fellowship together as the people of God. This year with the COVID virus still impacting our lives, we want to make minor changes to our traditional Easter schedule. 

  • March 28th, Palm Sunday worship service will be held with the equal precautions taken for those in attendance and live stream will be offered for those needing to worship at home.
  • April 2nd, Good Friday service is planned and will start at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. Hymns will be sung; Scriptures recounting Christ’s Passion will we read from one of the Gospels and a special anthem will be presented by the chancel choir.
  • April 4th, Easter Sunday Worship Service we will be serving holy communion at the 10:00 service and live stream of the worship service will be available. More details about Easter Sunday are still being decided, so please stay tuned.          

These are just some of the plans for Holy Week at Leidy’s Church, as we gather to commemorate the death, burial and triumphant resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hallelujah! Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

It’s THAT Time Again

Yep, time to change our clocks. This is the bad one, the one where we lose an hour. So, on the evening of March 14th set your clock ahead one hour. It’s going to jump ahead during the night if you don’t do it. Then, you can awaken on Sunday morning and be able to arrive at Leidy’s Church in a timely fashion! It’s time to Spring Forward!

Just as New as Our Church Building

You’ve never heard of Daleep Singh. He’s a 49 year-old husband and father of three. He was raised Hindu. That was his religion all his life. But God . . . had other plans for him. About the time Leidy’s Church broke ground for a new sanctuary, the Lord Jesus began breaking new ground in the soil of Daleep Singh’s soul. The Holy Spirit dug into his heart and uncovered sin. Daleep heard the gospel. Then he believed the gospel. Finally, on July 11, 2016 – a Monday – he confessed his faith and was baptized. On August 7th, not quite a month later, the congregation of Leidy’s Church worshiped for the first time in her new sanctuary.

A lot has happened since those summer months of 2016! Why do we link these two event together? Because Daleep Singh is the Church Planter being sent out this year via the Leidy’s Church support given to GTi Hope [more familiarly known to us as Glad Tidings India]. As a student/worker in the Church Planting School, Daleep will spend one month in the classroom and then two months out in the field taking the gospel where it has not been heard before. That pattern will be repeated four times this year with Daleep going back to the same community each time. The goal is to birth a new body of believers through his labors.

All this will take place in the state of Uttar Pradesh in the far north of India. Tibet forms the northern boundary of Uttar Pradesh. This state contains the most concentrated grouping of unreached people groups in the world. With a population of 244,228,000, there are 792 people groups of which 768 are unreached with the gospel. It’s a field that needs to be reached.

Daleep says his heart’s desire is to serve Jesus the rest of his life. The schooling and experience he gains this coming year will equip him to do so. Our regular tithes and offerings provide the practical means for this year of training and ministry, but our prayers for him will undergird the flourishing of this year’s activities in and through Daleep’s life. Write down his name and put it where you’ll run across it from time to time, and when you do, then lift a prayer for him. God will use our prayers and God will use Daleep Singh.

Newly Organized Rejoinder About Drama

It has been nearly two years since the JSOC committee gathered to plan the ministry formerly known as Judgement House. We have had a year’s sabbatical making many upgrades to the hell scene, but we need a script for our evangelistic dramatic gospel presentation. What a mouthful! Simply put, we need help planning and implementing “Judgement House” for 2021. It might seem like October is a long way off, but there is a lot of work to do and logistics to puzzle over. If you would like to help plan as we prepare to spread the gospel far and wide, please contact Pastor Michael. 

Women’s Ministry

Ladies of Leidy’s

LADIES….You are in luck….there is still time to sign up for our Wonderful Potluck Dinner on Tuesday, March 9, at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We will be wearing masks and gloves when we go through the buffet line, (gloves provided). Please sign up on the poster in the lobby and tell us what you  would like to bring. Pat Niederhaus will be doing a short devotional after our dinner and dessert. Wonderful ladies, wonderful food, wonderful  time, don’t miss it.

Women’s Sunday School

The Women’s Sunday School class which meets each week in Room 118 has begun a series entitled The Gospels – The Extraordinary Life of Jesus of Nazareth. This Drive-Thru History DVD series is hosted by Dave Stotts. Join the ladies as they resume this series on April 11th after Mission’s Month and Easter.

March Ushers

Usher Captain Coordinator: Roger Jones

Usher Captains: Jim Kinney, Ron Moyer

Ushers: Rock Rau, Dennis Doran, Brandon Kehs, Skip Smith, Matt McVaugh, Brian Radcliff, Rich Kapusta, Samuel Murphy, Collin Radcliff, Larry Cooper, Glen Tyson, Tony Wilwert, Adam Foote, Corbin Hostelley, Bill Weigner.

Within the Fellowship

Our sincere Christian sympathy to Marilee Hughes and family at the death of her husband Ron, to Sherri Walmsley at the death of her mother, and to the family and friends of Carolynn Mininger at her death. May God be with these families at this difficult time.

That’s What We’re Built For

God constructs our lives – our spirits, souls, and bodies, as well as our circumstances down to the nanosecond – for His use, according to His good pleasure. We never are aware of all that He is doing, and rarely aware of much that He is doing. Often, it is only as we look in the rearview mirror that we can understand part of what God has done. Such is true for us individually, and, for us as a church congregation. Consider, for example, the two buildings we as a congregation possess for living quarters: the Mission House and the Parsonage.

The Mission House was built in 1957 when Leidy’s Church finally became a stand-alone congregation that no longer would share a pastor with another church. If we were going to have our own pastor, then we needed to build a parsonage where the pastor and his family could live.

Our current parsonage began as a place to live, but not as a parsonage. It only became that in the year 2000. Part of that building is an upstairs apartment above the garage. It was added on to be lived in. And it has been.

In our prayers of thanksgiving it would be good to thank God for blessing us with two such buildings to use for what they were built for. The Mission House is doing what it was built for! It has been home to four pastors (Peter Young, Richard Merrick, Armand Weller, and John Niederhaus), their wives, and their families. It served them well.

Since then, however, it has continued to do what it was built for. An ever-growing number of mission families, and even folk from our congregation, have been blessed by it. Consider Clay and Becky Walter who had to return from Papua New Guinea when it was discovered one of their sons had a rare form of leukemia. It was their home for a year! Recently Brian and Barb Sorge spent several months there. Here’s part of what they said about it: Thank you so much for sharing a warm welcoming home with us! What a blessing . . . it was a quiet place to connect with God. We feel refreshed as we return to South Asia and the work God has for us there.

In March some missionaries with World Team will spend 10 days or so in the Mission House. From mid-April to mid-summer the Istrate family from Romania will be ensconced in it, as it does what it was built to do!

The upstairs apartment at the parsonage has functioned in much the same way. Special speakers such as Gary Parker and Jason Lisle from Answers in Genesis have been housed there, as well as Gary DeMar from American Vision. A retired missionary couple from Japan transitioned back to the US in that apartment. The DeFazio family thought of it as a second home while they were in the Philippines.

Our own folk found it helpful also. Two Niederhaus kids spent the first few months of their respective marriages there. Don and Dianne Nase and their dog spent several months there while between homes. For almost six months Stan and Judy Ott hung their hats in that upstairs apartment while waiting for their new home to be finished.

Why mention all this? Because we as a church are meant to be used. That includes all our buildings, not just the sanctuary, fellowship hall, gym, and classrooms. Praise God that He is using us and our ancillary structural resources – i.e. houses 😊 – according to His good pleasure to provide safe, peaceful, needful, comfortable, pleasant, and timely housing for His people. We’re doing what He built us to do. [see Eph. 2:10]

Here’s Our Line-up Card for…

March is Spring Training time for major league baseball. Line-up cards vary vastly from day to day. For Leidy’s Church, March is Mission Month. Our line-up card is set, and it has some heavy-hitters, as well as cagey-pitchers, Latino talent, and a bit of international flavor as well.

Each Sunday during March, the Lord willing, all the adult Sunday School classes will meet in the Fellowship Hall – along with interested folk who ordinarily don’t make it out for Sunday School – during the Sunday School hour to hear reports from and interact with members of our Missionary line-up card. Concessions will be readily available but will not cost three fingers and an eyeball as is the case at baseball stadiums. Without making concessions to anyone, our concessions will be free for the taking and in abundance. We call them Mission Munchies.

Now, here’s that line-up card:

  • March 7th features that cagey fellow Kevin Noyes who knows how to pitch a clear gospel message to university students despite the hostile atmosphere of academia. Doing so in today’s atmosphere can be tricky proposition, to say the least. Kevin is part of the cadre of mission-minded folk serving with DiscipleMakers. He and wife Maria’s primary assignment is Gettysburg College. The past year’s lockdowns have made matters muddier. Kevin will explain what God has done in the midst of these complicating scenarios.
  • March 14th brings some heavy-hitters to Leidy’s Church. Three decades ago, MorningStar Ministries was just a God-inspired vision. Since that time this vital ministry has connected with women in difficult straits in the midst of pregnancy. Their little house on Broad Street in Souderton has yielded babies born alive rather than babies aborted. Praise God! Chrissy Floyd and husband Nelson have been part of MorningStar from the outset. They’ll be here to give us an up-to-date assessment of this life-changing ministry to mothers and babies.
  • March 21st is just after St. Patrick’s Day, but we’re going Latino rather than Irish this Sunday. Hector Torres is the head of Haven of Hope and he has a heart for God’s work among down and out women caught up in the entraping net of substance abuse. That’s why he founded the Haven of Hope. The last several years have seen momentous changes in the ministry of Haven of Hope. Most significantly, there is a new facility located in Puerto Rico. Hector will let us know about the work in Philly and the work in Puerto Rico.
  • March 28th is Palm Sunday and a day to celebrate the Lord Jesus. Our Gospel Gleanings initiative helps spread internationallythe good news of Jesus to folk who’ve never heard it. Tim Bentch from Global Disciples will be present to explain what’s happening in Chad and Niger. With Tim will be Brother Tefere, Executive Director of Global Disciples Alliance. Originally from Ethiopia, Brother Tefere provides oversight to all the Global Disciples programs. He will have up-to-the-minute info on Niger, Chad, and more.

That’s our line-up card and we’re sticking with it. You’re invited to join us each Sunday in March to meet, learn from, and interact with those who are part of our mission line-up. And, you’re welcome to visit our concession stand and get some Mission Munchies.

Consistory

On Wednesday, February 10th, the Consistory of Immanuel Leidy’s Church was called to order at 7:31 pm, and minutes were taken of the meeting, from which relevant notes are listed below.

Dave Reich led devotions on the topic of Reformed Theology, with a focus on the doctrine of justification by faith. Dave quoted Martin Luther, “Justification by faith alone is the article upon which the church stands or falls.” Dave said, God by His grace justifies a sinner, declaring him righteous, a gift by saving faith in Jesus Christ alone. Dave cited Psalm 68: 1-2, Romans 8:7-8, John 8:33-34, and Romans 5:10 to point out man’s sinfulness and God’s wrath on sinners.

Then Dave cited Romans 4:21-58; 5:1, to explain how Christ’s atoning sacrifice for sin fully satisfied God’s justice and cancelled out the penalty for sin on those who trust in Him. “On the cross our sin was transferred to Christ and Christ’s righteousness was transferred to us.” Dave defined the gift of faith in Christ having three components, which are knowledge of the gospel, assent of need for the gospel, and a personal trust in Jesus Christ alone for one’s salvation. And the evidence of having this true saving faith is the fruit of sanctification in one’s life.

Minutes from the January meeting were reviewed and approved. The financial report for the month of January was examined. Ron Moyer commented that when comparing giving from the month of January 2020 to 2021, we had a decrease in giving, and that we will likely see a similar decrease due to the February 7th worship service cancellation due to the snowstorm. Ron also remarked that interest dividends to the Renovation Fund were not received from Univest but will be added in next months report. It was noted that we have a healthy balance, for which we can give thanks to God and the congregation. The financial report was approved.

A nominating committee consisting of Pastor Steve and Ed Schmidt met to discuss the nominees to be the officers of Consistory in 2021. They nominated Dave Reich as President; Peter Martindell as Vice-President; and Shaun Permar as Secretary of Consistory. A motion to accept the nominations was made and seconded, and a vote approved these positions.

Wicking and steeple updates noted that weather conditions has postponed further progress. The HUB oil tank replacement in underway with the foundation in place for the new tank and installation of the new tank being delivered next week. The removal of old tank will happen after new tank is installed. Hub assessment committee informed that the sectioning of the current property deed be done by the firm who did the consolidation of lots at an estimated cost, not exceeding $10,000.00.

Pulpit Committee update confirmed that progress was being made and that the committee remains unified as they search for the next senior pastor of Leidy’s Church.

Inquirer’s Class update reported that six people are in attendance and engaged during the class sessions.

A 2020 General Fund Balance surplus was noted during the Congregational Dinner and Business Meeting, and a suggestion that 10% of that surplus be distributed to a mission organization. Discussion about this practice ensued and it was determined that this was not done in the past. In the past, excess funds from the General Fund would be transferred to the Building Fund and a tithe amount transferred to a ministry / mission in need. Further discussion followed noting that several members of our congregation are dealing with financial hardships and that during these atypical times funds be dispersed to the Good Samaritan Fund. A motion that $10,000 be transferred to that fund to disperse to needy members of our congregation was approved.

Correspondence from Stan Ott to Dave Reich were reviewed, regarding the wearing of face masks during church services.        

Pastors reports were submitted with highlights about a youth retreat to Lancaster area and a Spiritual Leadership Retreat being held at the church in February.

Committee reports were also submitted with by Property giving a quote to replace the Fellowship Hall roof at the HUB with lifetime shingles and removal of dead trees on the HUB property by Lindsay Tree Removal Co. Replacement trees to be selected and planted in the future. Missions highlighted Mission’s Month and the Gospel Gleaning Projects. Outreach reporting that the gift from the General Fund transfer will help in meeting needs and will be put to good use.

After noting the Spiritual Leadership Retreat venue change to the church and Communion at the Ash Wednesday Service, Dave Reich led us in a time of intercessory prayers for spoken concerns followed by the Lord’s Prayer before adjourning at 10:05 pm.   

The New City Catechism

Question 6: How can we glorify God?

We glorify God by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and by obeying his will, commands, and law.

Deuteronomy 11:1 – You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always.

Commentary – Richard Sibbes

As we receive all from God, so we should lay all at his feet, and say, “I will not live in a course of sin that will not stand with the favour of my God.” . . .

True freedom is found when by the Spirit the heart is renewed, is enlarged, and becomes subordinate to God in Christ. A man is in a sweet frame when his heart is made subject to God, and drawn out towards him, for the God of all grace sets it at liberty. God will have us make his glory our aim, and then he will bestow grace and glory too upon us.

Bryan Chappell

How can we glory God? We can do as he said, and we can believe what he said.

If you consider what it means to glorify God by doing what he said, then we have to remember what he said was the prime commandment, which was that we love him above all and that we walk with him through all. After all, the Lord Jesus said, “Love me with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. This is the first and the greatest commandment. The second is like unto it. Love your neighbor as yourself.”

If we truly want to honor the Savior, we do as he said. But that means not just obeying him because he’s going to get us. It’s not really that. It’s understanding how great is his love for us so that we, in love for him, want to walk with him. And that understanding means that we begin by saying, “I understand that he has loved me so much that my heart is responding in love for him.”

As I do that, I’m not now honoring God with a sense of Oh no, he’s going to get me if I don’t. That would mean I might obey him, but I would not enjoy him. No, true love for God means I delight in his law. I understand that what God has given me when he says, “Walk with me,” is a safe and good path in life. That’s really what the commandments of God are about. They are explaining, as he shows us his character and care, that he’s given us this safe path for life. If you get off the path, there are consequences, of course, because this is a safe and good path. But we are not staying on that path because we think somehow we are earning his affection. Rather, we understand, as he showed us through Christ and particularly the Lord’s sacrifice for us, how great is his love for us. When we understand that the law or the commandments are echoing the character of God and his care for us, then we delight to walk in that path because it lets us experience the goodness of our God. That means, no matter what I face, I love God in all of life, and I want to walk with him through all of life. In that way I’m both honoring his heart—I glorify him because of how great is his love for me—and I show my love for him by walking in the path, not just out of drudgery, but actually with the sense of enjoying his goodness for my heart and life.

So many times people think they’re glorifying God because they’re just kind of bowing their necks and doing the awful thing they hate because otherwise God is going to hurt them. Or sometimes they do the things that they think God wants so that he’ll give them more good stuff. But both those kinds of sanctified selfishness—I’m doing this so I will protect myself or promote myself—are not really love for God. When we understand that God gave his Son for me, that he’s shown me his character and his care, then I understand that loving him and enjoying him means that I will delight to walk on that which provides the good and safe path for my life.

I’ll walk with him and love him in all that he requires, because in doing so, I will actually enjoy the path that he has designed for the best life that he desires to give me.

 

 

 

 

 

Questions?