Celestial Magnet

The world population was estimated to have reached 7.6 billion as of December 2017. In those billions of people; we find a myriad of differences: languages, political views, cultural differences, music and the list goes on.

But it might surprise you that every person on this planet has ONE thing in common. We are worshipers. Every day, all day long, everywhere you go, you worship. It’s what you do. It’s who you are.

I don’t know whether or not you consider yourself a “worshiping” kind of person, but you cannot help but worship—something. It’s what you were made to do. The native of the rainforest of South America and the stockbroker on Wall Street; are both worshipers. The object of their worship may be different but they are still worshipers.

I think it’s because we were designed that way. We were made for God. The Bible says it this way: All things were made by Him, and all things were made for Him. When I was a child, one of my favorite toys was a set of magnets in the shape of two Scottie dogs. Image result for magnetic toy scottie dogs

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As a child, I did not understand the dynamics of magnetic poles. It was intriguing that opposite poles attract! It might be a theological stretch but humanity has an initiate attraction to God. He is holy – we are not. He is loving – we are not. He possesses all knowledge – we do not. We may not know or understand that we have “something” within us that demands being fulfilled.

So, we endeavor to fill that “empty space” with pleasure, money, relationships, things; not realizing that only God Himself can fill that “God-shaped” vacuum that fills us all. A different spouse won’t meet that need. Changing jobs or geographical location, more money, bigger home, a more expensive car all are all vanity. All of our hungers point to the deeper hunger that only God can satisfy.

He keeps satisfying you with good things… Ps 103:5

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Christian Urban Legend # 2

God Wants You Happy

If you were to stop the “average” person on the street and asked them what they wanted out most out of life, the majority would reply,”I just want to be happy.” After all, our Declaration of Independence states we have a right to “pursue happiness” and we are in frantic pursuit. In our desire for happiness, we have somewhere developed a theology that God is responsible for our happiness. Many people think God’s ultimate task is to keep them happy. Some televangelists preach a Gospel of happiness. They would suggest that God doesn’t want any of His children to suffer or be unhappy. Unfortunately, Scripture does not support this theology:And all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12

  • “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John 16:33
  • “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.” Philippians 1:29

If God wants His children happy, what do we tell the families of the Egyptian Christians beheaded by ISIS? What do we say to Christians suffering persecution and starvation in Africa. Christians have suffered for their faith for thousands of years. The goal of every Christ-follower is not happiness but Christ-likeness. Happiness is a byproduct of holy living, submission to God’s will and obedience.