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Friday, August 16, 2013

Think About It

Making God Happy

I recently saw a book entitled, “Making God Happy”. Although curious, I didn’t pick it up. It’s not that I didn’t want to know how to make God happy, it’s that I struggle with a performance-based relationship with God.

I, like many others, have children and even grandchildren. Their performance isn’t what makes me happy, I’m happy because of who they are. As I have watched them mature into adults I am impressed who they have turned out to be. Sure they’ve failed along the way, but that didn’t make me unhappy. I have been more frustrated or disappointed when one of them have attempted to do something to gain my approval when they had it all along and didn’t know it.

For several years I worked with families where the child was at risk of being removed from the home. I’m sad to say that many of these families based their acceptance of their children on performance, be it school or behavior. Instead of giving them praise, they would belittle and scold for even the littlest of things. It was no wonder the kids were at risk of being removed from the home. When we live in a system that our value and worth is solely dependent upon what we do, we will quickly learn that performance is our ticket to praise and acceptance. Some become so adapt knowing what will make others happy that they go through life pleasing others. Perhaps that’s why many approach God in the same way.

The writer of Romans said that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, (Romans 5:8). In other words, God didn’t wait for us to become better so that we could have a relationship with him. He took on the responsibility and by his very act demonstrates that he accepts us just as we are. When the God of the universes says that he wants us just as we are with all of our baggage and stuff, that’s pretty amazing. If there is anything that pleases God it is when someone believes. And though they many stumble and fall in this belief, they continually pick themselves up again and go on. That pleases God. Think about it.

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