God does not need my service to accomplish his will, nor does he need yours. In his grace, he allows us to participate with him in the accomplishment of his desires. But, we need to put first things first as we consider entering into service.
Paul tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Why then do I often act as if I have to earn God’s love?
The Apostle Paul enjoins us to think others more important than ourselves. We can either elevate others or practice false humility.
Too often the church seeks acceptance by becoming like the surrounding culture and ends up making inappropriate compromises. When we do this, we are trading what is of value for that which holds no value. It is like trading a bar of gold for a used Happy Meal toy.
Paul warned Timothy about those who engage in speculation. Has the evangelical community been in violation of this warning?
Perhaps the story of Achan in the book of Joshua makes us uncomfortable because we share in this sin. It is only by grace that we do not end up under a heap of stones.