Friday, July 09, 2004

What's My Motivation?

God has made 'good deed' appointments for us [see Ephesians 2:10]. He not only created the good deeds. He created us for them!

This week's question: Is it more important to perform these good works, or that we do them in the right spirit (frame of mind; heart attitude)?

Is obedience the higher call, or relationship? I believe these go hand-in-hand. But when you're just not 'feeling the love,' do you go ahead and act in obedience anyway?

What do we do and what we should do are often different things. I'd like to hear from you -- what do you believe is your calling and what is your actual experience with this situation?

God bless.

Friday, July 02, 2004

Any Other Allegiance?

In this article, the author testifies that her conscience wouldn't allow her to continue attending this new rebellious church of which she was a part. I commend her for her decision. She acted not upon feeling, but upon the Holy Spirit's conviction.

However, it brings to mind a question. How much are we to be committed to the church fathers and our church history? Shouldn't our allegiance be to Christ alone? If a church deviates from the scripture, what is our part? To help bring them back to scripture, I believe. But what if the issue isn't about basic tenets of the Christian faith?

My point and question is this: what should be our devotion to our church, in the sense of a local body of believers, and then to the greater church (denomination, association, etc.)?

Ephesians 1:22-23
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.