Love God & Trust In His Love: Chapt. 8 Purpose Driven Life
Posted by infinitygoods on February 14, 2008
Previous chapters can be found on the Purpose Driven Life page.
“The Lord is pleased only with those who worship Him and trust His love.” Psalms 147:11.
Today, we start on the 7-day discussion about our first purpose, which is to please God.
What are some of the sentences that jumped out at you as you were reading? Perhaps some surprised you, or some seemed significant. Perhaps some were difficult to understand or something you had strongly believed even before reading this chapter.
Here’s some of the ones I thought were particularly significant.
“…(God) considers you valuable enough to keep with Him for all eternity.” Does that make us feel pretty special? Do you think we are loved? Are we worth a dime a zillion or is every single one of us significant?
“God made you in his image.” And “…God has emotions, too.” Has anyone ever told you that you should not cry, you should not be angry, you should not grieve so long, or even to stop being so happy all the time? Our emotions are important and give us clues to what is right or wrong in our lives. God gave us His emotions. Emotions help us stay on the right path for enjoying life. If we are stressed or we feel angry, we know something is wrong and we can do something to change it and get back to enjoying life. Do you feel you are enjoying your life?
“The Father seeks worshipers,” “worship is a lifestyle,” “…it is your life,” “worship him continually….” Do you love God? How do you show Him your love?
“Praise should be the first activity when you open your eyes in the morning and the last activity when you close them at night.” And “Every activity can be transformed into an act of worship when you do it for the praise, glory, and pleasure of God.” The first quote is from several chapters in Psalms, in case you didn’t check the endnote. I was taught as a child to say a prayer as soon as I opened my eyes and before falling asleep. Were you taught that as well? It doesn’t have to be long if that idea is foreign to you. It could even be focusing on the word “God.” What would you do if you were stuck in a bed 24 hours a day, unable to go to church or even unable to speak? Do you think you would be unable to worship God? If you are still breathing, you can take each breath for the glory of God.
“Carrying on a continual conversation with Him…,” “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,” “Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering.” Do you ever do that? Do you think it might be helpful in keeping you from having negative thoughts or in doing unpleasant or boring work? Would your burdens feel lighter if you were doing it for God rather than because you had no other choice?
“…falling in love with Jesus.” If you’ve ever truly been in love with someone, you know the feeling Warren describes in the last paragraph. You just cannot stop thinking about that person. No matter what you are doing, thoughts of your love intrude and keep you from thinking about what you are doing. You’re taking a test, you think about your love. You’re driving, you think about your love. You’re scrubbing the floor, you think about your love. You’re doing brain surgery, you think about your love. It never ceases to the point that all activities are done while thinking about your love. Your goal is to do the same while thinking about Jesus and God.
Remember, God loves you!
Tomorrow we will look at Chapt. 9, what makes God smile.