“be good faith”

“Find out what pleases the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10).

Let’s not confuse this instruction with, “Do the right things before man in order to please man and gain approval.”  No, this Spirit-breathed truth states, “find out what pleases the LORD.”

As a leader in student ministry, my heart breaks for young people who are solely focused on their outward behavior.  They keep mom and dad happy by “being good,” and really, that is the desired goal of many Christian parents.  What’s wrong with that?

It’s easy to abandon a faith that has everything to do with measurable, external factors and nothing to do with the heart.  It’s merely a change in behavior, no different from a change of eating habits or favorite hang-out spots.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” (Luke 10:27).

“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 15:7).

What is in the heart of the “be good” faithful?  They are lovers of self and lovers of the world.  There is no quickening to the Holy Spirit’s leading.   The One who seeks to equip them to avoid the trappings of worldly desires is simply unknown.  Sensitivity to the voice of God was lost long ago due to their focus on producing measurable and good results of good behavior.

What’s the remedy?  Oh, that their hearts would hunger and thirst for the Living God!  That they would seek Him with all the fervor that they seek acceptance of a friend or a lover.  That they would surrender their lives as they humbly kneel in acknowledgement of His faithful love and care.  Singer Kim Walker says if you’ve encountered the love of God, you would know, because you are never the same.

Remedy. Not religion. Relationship- with the lover of your soul.

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One Comment on ““be good faith”

  1. Just got an “amen” on the above from an article in Christianity Today (June 2012, p.24).

    A research team has labeled this pattern of religious beliefs as “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.” The article goes on to say, “Teenagers learn these beliefs from the adults in their lives. It is the American cultural religion. Teenagers are ‘moralistic’ in that they believe that God wants us to be good, and that the main purpose of religion is to help people be good. But since it is possible to be good without being religious, religion is an optional tool that can be chosen by those who find it helpful.”

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