Who’s Your Daddy?

Jeremiah seems to “speed up” as he writes of judgment in chapters 21-25.  Maybe it’s just me.  But do you get a sense of his passion?  His attempt to convince the people of God to make the right choice is evident.  This is not a new message.  But the prophet prays they understand and their legacy will be one of faith and obedience.  In fact, the only way to have a legacy is to follow God’s will.  They were apathetic, complacent, and making some horrible decisions.

Read these verses again:

He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well.  Is not this to know me? declares the LORD.

But you have eyes and heart only for your dishonest gain, for shedding innocent blood, and for practicing oppression and violence.

Jeremiah 22:16-17 ESV

The prophet is clear.  The people of God are so focused on themselves – so arrogant, prideful, and selfish – that they have followed their own ways.  The consequence is judgment.

In our time, we have a tendency to do somewhat of the same.  Jesus himself said, Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Luke 6:46

We have become convinced that all we must do is have a mental assent to certain dogmas.  In other words, believe the right things, and that’s what following Christ is all about.  That’s crazy….and unbiblical!

The idea of belief throughout Scripture had follow-through.  In other words, talk is cheap.  You might say you believe, but the words didn’t mean much.  The question was, what did you do about it?  Jesus didn’t just come and perform miracles for an “oooh” and “awwwww.”  He came to restore lives.  And then, He calls us to do the same.  How can we share Jesus with those around us if we just exist in our own little world and never act upon what’s in our head?  That would be foreign to them then and should be foreign to us now.  The question is, Who do you follow?  God?  The world?  Yourself?

Our problem is one of laziness.  We want to do just enough to get by.  Walk the aisle, say a few words, get in some water, believe a few things, and get my ticket punched.  That’s not what Christ called us to do!  I hear numerous excuses all of the time.  “I’m just not religious.”  Good!  Jesus said you should only be religious about loving people.  “I could never be good enough.”  You’re right.  But amazingly, God loves us anyway.  “The Church just isn’t for me.”  Really?  What if Jesus died for the Church and will return to claim His bride?  Is it for you now?  “They’re just a bunch of hypocrites.”  Fair.  We’re all sinners and not one is perfect.  But convincing yourself of some independent “good-guy” living is not only silly, it’s  stupid!  “Once saved, always saved!”  Really?  Maybe we should discuss what it means to be saved. Ultimately it’s not about you.

Is that harsh?  Intolerant?

It’s what Jesus said.  Read Luke 6:46 and then be slow to decide your answer.

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2 Responses to “Who’s Your Daddy?”

  1. We live in a world where anything goes! Scarey! Our thoughts can turn into, “well God loves me, he will forgive me, so it’s all ok” I sure don’t like being taken advantage of! Really? We act like a really bad child taking advantage of our parent! That is not the relationship that I want with God. If we fool ourselves into thinking that accountability does not exist in our relationship with God we are fooling ourselves. Love and honor goes both ways, relationship takes work and the desire needs to be motivated for the right reasons. I do not see a harshness in this message, more like the truth.

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