Going Deeper 06.10.2021

The second reading for Pentecost 3... 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; 14-17

So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil... For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

We are probably doing well when we can say "we make it our aim to please him." How about you?  Is it your aim to please God? 

I say "probably" in that opening statement because our motives are very important.  If you are like me, it often can be a struggle not only to do the right things (i.e. things that please God), but even more of a struggle to do the right things for the right reason.  If our motive is to do enough right things to make up for all of the wrong things we have done, we are way off course.  If our motive is to do enough right things to either earn God's favor and blessings, or to avoid making God angry, then we may be even further off course.

The primary motive for seeking to please God, and for seeking to do the right things, is to be a mixture love and gratitude.  In comprehending the truth of God's extravagant grace and radical love for us-- as undeserving as we are-- we are led to experience a deep appreciation and a profound love.  This is the purest motivation for seeking to please God.  "For the love of Christ urges us on..."

This is why the most important work we can do involves seeking to nurture our faith relationship with our Creator Abba Father and Savior and Brother Jesus, all in the power of the Holy Spirit.  The foundational step is to believe.  The next step is draw nearer and nearer to God.  Everything changes when we comprehend the amazing truth that "if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!"

Growing with You,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor

Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington

"Gratefully Growing Servants"