Monday, July 18, 2016

I've Been a Gimme, Gimme Christian, I Want the Same Dedication, This Passage Helps Me Re-Evaluate My Priorities posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right Spirit within me.  Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of Thy Salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit.  Psalm, Chapter 51, verses 10-12.

I have a “Gimme Gimme Christian” relationship with God.  I have said these previous verses many times in church, asking God to make me a better Christian.  But the next verse says, Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.” Psalm, Chapter 51, verse 13.
 I have focused on what I want God to do for me all these years.  I want Him to forgive me for all the sinful things I have done.  I want Him to give me a new heart and fresh start so that I can go to heaven. 
I haven’t focused on the things that I should be doing for God, as stated in that last verse, like sharing God’s love with others.  I hesitate because I think, Big risk! Big risk!  But then I wonder, do I want to continue to be a “Gimme, Gimme Christian,” focused only on what’s in it for me?

O GOD, Thou art my God; early will I seek Thee: my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see Thy power and Thy glory, so as I have seen Thee in the sanctuary.  Because Thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise Thee.  Thus will I bless Thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in Thy Name.  Psalm, Chapter 63, verses 1-4.

I help my students analyze the descriptive writing styles of authors.  David would be a great example of this.  After reading how much David loves God when he says that his soul thirsteth and his flesh longeth for God in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is, makes me want to have that same dedication in my relationship with God.

This Passage Helps Me Re-Evaluate My Priorities

For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand.  I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.  For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.  O LORD of Hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee.  Psalm, Chapter 84, verses 10-12.

David again, eloquently professes his love for God.  He says one day of life with God is better than a thousand days of life without Him.  He would rather have a lowly job in God’s house than to live with all the riches that the wicked have.  He tells us how well God takes care of the people who love Him.
This passage helps me to re-evaluate my priorities.  I’m looking for a job because we have moved back to the area where our grandchildren live.  I haven’t gotten a teaching position yet.  There are some smaller jobs in the newspaper that I haven’t applied for.  Part of me doesn’t want to go from being a teacher to a position of less significance.  I still want to impact the lives of students!

This passage makes me think that I shouldn’t minimize jobs.  It’s hard telling what God’s plan is.  It says that David would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.  I need to see that any position that God puts in my life has some special significance and I need to be open to it.

Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.

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