Will God Love Me More IF…

January 6, 2014

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I am guest posting at  Ron Estrada‘s “The Calm Before the Storm” today. I am a part of Ron’s challenge to read 52 books in 52 weeks this year.

The question is, Why? Why would we want to read more?

Is it to improve knowledge? Maybe.
To force yourself through the power of peer pressure to be accountable and read more? Perhaps.

Or, if you are wanting to focus on some Christian books, is it so we will grow in our Christian walk?

If this is the reason, are you hoping to do your part so God will bless you?
Are you hoping if you read more, God will love you more, resulting in your being used by Him more?
Will this make you a more spiritual person?

This might seem like a bit of a stretch.

Do people really believe God loves them more if they read more books?

Consider all the other ways we do this in our lives….

If we serve in church ministries.
If we pray and read our Bibles on a regular basis.
If we give money to foreign missions or to teams engaging in social justice activities.

Then we can have an “in” with God and our prayers will get shuffled to the top of the stack.

All of these are good things to do, just like reading more.

But we don’t want to do good things with the wrong motives.

If we do, we are modern-day Pharisees.

To read the rest of this post, head over to Ron Estrada’s blog. When you do, you will also have the chance to WIN!

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A missionary teacher for 24 years currently living in South Africa. I am a recovering superhero, daily in need of the grace of God