If A Little Bit Of The Lord Is Good, Why Not Get As Much As You Can?

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   8/22/2012

I seem to run into people like this all the time.  They tell me that they too love the Lord and have experienced his goodness in their lives and families, but they cannot pursue more of the Lord because they have busy lives.

They are saying the water is nice, but rather than take a swim and fully enjoy it they would rather just dip their toe in.

The Lord told us to “taste and see that the Lord is good” – Psalm 34:8

But why stop there?  If you have tasted and seen the Lord, why settle for just a taste?  He has so much more for us. 

I understand the legitimate reason to be cautious so that we are not deceived, as Jesus warned us many times and we know the deception will grow in the last days leading up to the return of Christ.  – (Matthew 24:4)

At the same time, the intensity and anticipation of the return of Christ will burn within those that long for him – like a bride approaching her wedding day.  (Matthew 25:1)

But remember he is an all-consuming God. (Hebrews 12:29)  Those that know him will be consumed by him and those that do not know him will be consumed by deception, proceeding from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.  (2 Timothy 3:13)

The Testing

Therefore if we only pursue him part of the way are we not admitting that we don't really believe that he is worth our time?  If he does not consume our lives, than do we really know him? And if knowing him is really more valuable than anything else, than we are making a bad trade and missing out on what he had planned for us.

These are the questions that we will be forced to answer as we approach his return.  Those that love him will be abandoning their lives for him and those that do not will pull back from him as they are more influenced by persecution and the love of simple pleasures rather than by seeking his rewards

The increasing persecution coming from those that are increasingly deceived will test the faith of the world, and the righteous will stand alone – remaining steadfast focused on him – unwilling to give an inch to the gods of this world. 

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” – James 1:12

The glory of the Lord is coming in greater portion. He is making history.  He is sovereign and his glory is being reveals by directly coordinating the nations of the world, so that all nations will know that he is Lord - just as he said he would. (Ezekiel 38:23).

This is one of the greatest times in history to be alive and experience the revelation of his glory. To see him do what he predicted he would do long ago, revealing again to the world that he is the sovereign Lord. 

It is astounding to watch him pour out his Spirit on his people and keep them from the consuming deception that is in the world (2 Timothy 3:13).  By doing so he is making each believer a living testimony of his glory and because the world is full of believers, so is his glory.

Unlike Any Other

Unlike any other, the Lord is only good and there is nothing bad in him. The more we learn about other people the more likely we will find their flaws. But that is not the case with the Lord, the more we learn about him the more we discover his plans are good, his heart is pure and there is no evil in him. He is unlike any other.  Therefore the more we learn about him and talk with him and discover what he is doing - the more we gain.  

He is alive, He is involved in the earth today and He is coming back soon.  Don’t miss out on what he is doing today in the earth.  Don’t sit back and watch from a distance.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

Billions of believers that lived in a previous ages never got the chance to experience what the Lord is doing today. This is an age of great triumph, as the believers take a stand (1 Corinthians 15:58) and testify to the world that the pleasures of the Lord are more enjoyable than the fleeting pleasures of sin. (Hebrews 11:25)

This is a time to recognize what the Lord is doing and to take this opportunity to stand with the Lord in opposition to the growing love of sin in the world. 

Just a taste of the Lord is enough to drastically change someones life, I have seen this with my own eyes, so why not spend as much time as we can to learn as much as we can about the Lord.  

“Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God” – 1 Chronicles 22:19

His rewards are worth it.

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