Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Let me throw this out. It is not quite fully thought out so take it with a grain of salt... A big grain.

Our churches and religious leaders prompt us toward "perfection" or "sinlessness". Part of my scripture reading today was from Psalm 27. David was, as we know, far from sinless. He was, however, considered "A man after God's heart".

This verse rang out today...
Psalm 27:4 (TNIV)

One thing I ask from the LORD,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.
What if, what God really wants from us is not sinlessness (he has that covered -- literally) but for us to desire him.

We often desire or worry about all sorts of things we think are worthwhile or even "holy". We worry about our theology, our "sin" state, our jobs, our homes, our kids, our church. The list goes on. What if our focus was purely on seeking the Lord.

God forgave David's sin. In fact, only the matter with Uriah was counted against him according to scripture. That being the case, if we are truly seeking the Lord, we might be surprised how little God cares about the sin against us.


jeanie said...

We are so back and forth on this, so afraid some one will abuse God's grace and we can't have that. We say God sees us through the blood, but then God can't tolerate our sin? As a kid I was taught that God couldn't look on sin (even at Christ on the cross), but then I realized He is always watching out for that couldn't be true.

The reason we can be so free through Christ and will not want to abuse His grace? We love Him because he first loved us...

BTW-"thinking out loud should be encouraged in the Body of Christ, yes? If you can't pout out some not-fully-developed thoughts to the Fam, then where? :)

Joel Frederick said...

Thanks Jeanie... I got an "Amen" back from my Mom as well!!! I send posts to them via email so they don't comment here.