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Our Jealous God

Christianity today is an interest of many people. Church attendance is an activity that many people participate in. A lot of people try to lead a "good life." But how many people are really pleasing God?

When Jesus was asked what is the most important thing we should be doing, he said that we should "Love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind and soul." He didn't say that we should, "act like you love Him on Sunday mornings." He called for us to love Him with ALL of our heart, mind and soul. When he says ALL, that is pretty exclusive and calling for a high level of commitment.

God has called Himself a jealous God. We tend to think of jealousy as something bad. However, when we think of jealousy as something bad, we are usually thinking of an unreasonable jealousy. Jealousy can be right. If you value your marriage, but you see that someone (or something) is drawing your spouse away from you, isn't it only right to feel jealous?

God wants a relationship with us that is like the marriage commitment. He doesn't have any interest in a casual passing relationship. If you can't give yourself totally completely, faithfully and for all eternity, then He isn't interested.

As the Lord told the church at Laodicea in the book of Revelation:

    I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

God is really serious about the level of commitment that he expects from His people. He wants His people to be all His.

This is so important to Him, look what He put at the top spot in His 10 commandments, “Do not have any gods besides Me.” Back in the day, people would made “gods” out of wood or metal and pray to them. Now, we are much too sophisticated to do that, instead we make gods out of fame, wealth, education, sex and self. When those people of old built a god, they would rely on that god to take care of them and they spent their time trying to please those gods. This was done in much the same way that we chase after our 21st century gods.

Our Lord hates idols. He wants us to be 100% His. He is displeased anytime we try to give a little to Him and the rest to our other gods. He wants to be our only god.

Seek Him and Him alone.

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