Leave Different

Jesus expects us to change, Jesus gives us the power to change, Psalm 119:40
"Come as you are. Leave Different."

Every time I drive past this church sign, I’m struck by the truth in these 6 simple words. 

Unfortunately, the self-esteem focus of our culture has skewed our perspective so we normally stress the first sentence and neglect the second. 

It’s true that God calls us to come to Him no matter who we are or what we’ve done. He isn’t looking for perfect people because none exist. He loves us despite our past sins and failures and accepts us as we are. 

But afterward He expects us to change. Following Christ means just that…following His ways, not ours. 

Self-satisfaction is a sin. Christ is always correcting, rebuking and challenging us to become different, less like ourselves and more like Him. 

So today let’s approach God in prayer and Bible study just as we are, but let’s leave different. 

“I long to obey your commandments! Renew my life with your goodness” 
Psalm 119:40 

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5 comments:

  1. Good Morning!! It is always nice to be greeted by your 'Bible Loves Notes' shortly after my day begins!!

    This is soo true...we should look forward to leaving church, or our reading in God's Word 'different.'

    Thanks for all the help with InLinkz as I now have the little icons for blogs I follow at the bottom of my posts.

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  2. Hi, Gail! A friend forwarded me your blog. I love it! I immediately subscribed via both email and Pinterest. Thank you for following God's call.

    Terry

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    1. Thanks, Terry. I'm so glad to have you on this "journey" with me as we grow in Christ. Bless you, Gail

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  3. I jumped over here from the WLW link up party and I'll be back. I love your format. Short and sweet, but full of truth.

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  4. What wonderful thoughts for the day. Thank you for linking this at NOBH. I'm always inspired by your posts. God bless you!

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