Welcome to Jesus Café, an avenue for you to be encouraged in your walk of faith and be educated on the various questions bothering your mind concerning the Christ-like journey.
I am trapped; why?
Our growth and relationship with the Father is stifled when we live our lives thinking that adhering to some set of rules and regulations is actually the way to please God. Casting my mind back to Sunday school, I very well recall being taught about the 10 commandments and how God will punish us with sicknesses, poverty, accidents, among others if we disobeyed Him.
As children, we are often taught that life is all about good and bad, right and wrong. Do good (perform well), and you are rewarded with candies, presents, games, etc. Do bad (perform poorly), and you are punished. We are often scolded with hash words if something goes wrong and we happen to be involved somehow. We are led to believe that it’s either you are the best or nothing else matters. Unnecessary pressure! This usually produces the spirit of fear and timidity.
Like many others, I was trapped until I realized that “Perfect Love casts out fear (1 john 4:18)”. Growth became smooth and effortless when I realized that there was enough room to accommodate my past, present and future mistakes as I bask in the unconditional Love of the Father.
Can I please God by Do’s &Don’ts?
What pleases God in Christianity is ‘FAITH that works by the Love of God”(Heb 11:6 + Gal 5:6).Most religions depict that you must earn the right to be reconciled with God by obeying some regulations and commandments. Christianity is completely different from this. IT IS NOT RELIGION, IT’S A RELATIONSHIP!
People dwell too much on the Old Testament to shape a restricted Christian mentality.This negatively affects our relationship with the Father and degrades it to some form of mathematical equation as if without it, God is unreachable.This is TOTALLY missing the point! The Father wants much more than rules and regulation, He desires a relationship born out of Love, not rules.
The Prophets of Old and the Law of Moses spoke of the new system of walking with God without rules and commandments. “With everlasting loving-kindness I will have compassion on you” says the Lord your Redeemer. “I have sworn that I will not be angry with you nor will I reject you. For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, but myloving-kindness will not be removed from you, andmy covenant of peace will not be shaken,” says the Lord who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:8-10)
In that day I, the Lord will make a new covenant, “I will betroth you to me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in loving-kindness and in compassion, and I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. Then you will know the Lord. I will also have compassion on her, who had not obtained compassion, and I will say to those who were not my people, ‘You are my people!’ and they will say, ‘You are my God!’” (Hosea 2:18-20, 23)
What can I Do for God?
The heart of the Christian walk of Faith lies in receiving the unconditional Love of God through Jesus Christ. It is not so much about how much we love him and what we can do for him;rather it is about how much HE LOVES US AND HAS DONE FOR US. The pure revelation behind the Love of God compels constraint and stimulates us to act in faith. We (second) love, because He (first) loved us. (1 John 4:19) I hope you caught that.
Where do I Start?
What changed the woman who was caught committing adultery, the prodigal son, Zacchaeus, and the disciples was not the wrath of the Law through Moses but rather the demonstration of the Love of God.For it is by grace, God’s unconditional Love and favor drawing you to Christ that you have been saved, delivered from judgment and given eternal life through faith. And this salvation is not of yourselves not through your own effort but it is the undeserved, gracious gift of God, not as a result of your works or your attempts to keep the Law so that no one will be able to boast or take credit in any way for his salvation.(Ephesians 2:8-9) You can start from this place: “He so loves me”.