Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Valuing God

When you receive a blessing, what do you value more? The blessing or the giver of that blessing(Jesus). If you find yourself valuing the blessing more than God,then God is not glorified. He is glorified when we value him more than anything. If you always value the giver of the gift, then when a trial is set before you, you will not be discouraged because you will still value him.

James 1:2 -"Count it all joy, my brothers , when you meet trials of various kinds."

He gives us lasting joy when we value him and he is most glorified when we rejoice in him. The thing we rejoice in most is what we value most. If we value anything more than God then we do not have real joy. It is only temporary happiness, we will have it for a little while then it will fade. But when we value God he gives us joy that lasts because it is in him.

19 comments:

Margaret Neufeld said...

Rejoice in all things. With thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Thanks for the post.

Life Savior said...

Hmm... that's true. Sometimes we tend to think about the gift more than the giver, good reminder.
~Kade

Life Savior said...

Cj: Exeelent Post! I think this is the most convicting post for me that you have wrote yet. You put me right on the spot and I thank you for doing this. I feel that too often I value the gift more than the Giver.

Roshan said...

True. Guess where the prosperity gospel thrives - when the love for the gifts become greater than the love for God. Great blog!

Margaret Neufeld said...

I'm glad I've got somebody behind me. Thanks.

crosseyedblog.com said...

Cj, this was an AMAZING post! Very convicting for me, but still great. To often I value the gift over the Giver and this is sin.
Do you happen to be reading any John Piper? This sounds a lot like him. :)

Have a great day!
Kaysie

Penn Tomassetti said...

It's true, we ought to value God (YHWH) more than anything. He is our Creator. The Psalms are all about that. However, the sad reality is, I can't make myself love God at all. The Law commands, "Love the LORD your God with all your heart..." The good news is, there is a man who actually did that without failing at one point. Not only did His death cover my horrible transgression of not valuing Him, but it also provided my righteousness and God's Spirit to do in me what I could never, ever do under the Law.

Nice post, CJ. I enjoy your blog and the others who comment on it. You and your group of friends are the most fired up Christians teens I have ever encountered. Please pray for my small teen Bible study. Thanks.

cj said...

Penn, I'll be praying.

-cj

Charlie said...

Be careful, though, that you do value the gift. If you take things for granted like I do, then you'll find it hard to be thankful and give value to the giver.

-Charlie

Charlie said...

Good point!

Please pray that I will find joy only in the Giver of all good things.

-Will

Penn Tomassetti said...

A mentor of mine is always reminding me, (in a gracious way), that it does not stop at the cross, but Christ is alive. He rose from the dead! The reason this is good news is, because we can go to a living Savior to receive His transforming grace, in order to trust Him and love (value) Him besides all else.

(I had to add this, since I ended at the cross in my previous comment). Christ is alive! Do you need a heart that stops loving the world and starts loving God? It's the living High Priest we must look to!

Grace and peace :)

Thanks, CJ, for praying.

cj said...

Penn, your welcome and thanks for sharing!

I'll be praying for you will!

all for Jesus said...

Happy Birthday CJ!!!!!!!!!!



~Naomi~

Margaret Neufeld said...

It's your birthday, CJ? How young does that make you?

cj said...

Thanks Naomi!

Margaret, today I'm 15:)

crosseyedblog.com said...

Well happy Birthday CJ!
I hope you have a wonderful year of deeper communion with Christ and greater revelations in the Word. Your blog is such a blessing to me and many others. Keep up the great work!

Kaysie

Life Savior said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

-Kole

cj said...

Thanks guys!

Alyssa C. said...

Didn't know it was your birthday! Belated happy, happy birthday then. =)