Reflections From The Bible And Life

Follow God Unconditionally

Genesis 18:16-33; Psalm 103:1-11; Matthew 8:18-22;

Matthew 8:19-20 states, “A scribe then approached and said, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’ ” This indicates that it’s not easy to follow Him, and we are to follow Him unconditionally as He led us unconditionally, and never rested.

Unfortunately for most of us, we have a lot of conditions and we tend to think like programmers using the IF..THEN..ELSE frame of mind. Examples would be:

IF our lives are OK, THEN we take time to pray and put our faith in God. ELSE we forget about praying and relying on God and go our own way.

IF God will take our pain away, THEN we will we will praise and thank Him and be fervent in our prayers, ELSE we will continue to drown ourselves in self-pity.

and so much more…

What would have happened to us if Jesus was like this to us?

IF God’s children listens, THEN I shall bless them, ELSE they should be forgotten forever

or

IF they give me a hard time, THEN I shall let them be and abandon them, ELSE I shall lead then to the path of righteousness.

Terrible, isn’t it?

So before we could call ourselves Christians, let us check ourselves and see how we think. Do we follow God as a choice and out of love, or just out of selfish motives to gain favor so that we can fill our personal needs? God is not a “sugar daddy”. There can be no peace within us if we follow Him for the wrong and selfish reasons, and the only way we can be really blessed in His kingdom is if we follow Him as an unconditional choice out of love for him.

Third-party References:
A Book of Hope for Loving Unconditionally : The Power and Passion for Living Fully (The Hope Collection)

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