Friday, Aug. 21
“Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisors.” This may be humorous, but it’s much more than that. It reveals a shallow relationship with God—if there is a relationship at all. It reveals an abominable attitude, a total lack of understanding of who God is. It is sheer audacity. It is blasphemy. The creator of the world, OUR creator, the eternal, holy God, the supreme judge, sovereign of the universe, all knowing God, the lover of our souls, the giver of unending grace, the glorious One who sacrificed his “only begotten Son,” can be advised by a finite sinful creature??? But, you know, we do that. When we think that we have earned merit of any kind, when we think we are OK, that God will overlook our faults because “God is love,” when we do what we please and excuse it as “we need a break,” when we do things with the idea that “everyone is doing it” or “it’s not a big deal,” we are compromising God’s standard. We are presumptuous. We are saying that God will compromise his standard. How wrong this is! The Bible teaches us that we will be judged for every word that comes out of our mouth, every evil thought, every evil deed. There’s another side of this. Paul makes it clear that upon conversion we are declared righteous, that our eternity in heaven is secure. Yes, we’re free. We’re free from the bondage of sin, but we then become bond slaves of God. Rom. 10:22. We are to be servants. We are soldiers. We have battles to win. We are to bear fruit. It doesn’t seem to me that God wants me to be an advisor.