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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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April 17, 2013 - Created vs. the Creator

By Gary Rogers

I pastor a wonderful congregation in Oklahoma, and in our state people have a tremendous sense of loyalty towards their areas of interest. For example, people can be incredibly devoted to their make of pickup truck. Just mention Ford, Chevy or Dodge, and you had better be ready to pick a side and defend it.

Football teams are another source of unshakable loyalty. The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, the Dallas Cowboys — these represent targets of devotion and immovable dedication.

It is great to live with passion. A special gift from God is to have areas of interest that bring smiles of joy and laughter. There is nothing wrong with having a nice pickup truck you enjoy driving. It is fun to have a favorite sports team to rally behind.

Our challenge is to keep things in their proper perspective. A correction from God's Word is found in Romans 1:25 where it says, "They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator — who is forever praised. Amen." (NIV). How easy it is to find yourself worshiping things created rather than the Creator.

Created things are tangible. Created things give instant gratification. That new pickup smells great, is rattle free, and drives like a dream. When your football team scores a winning touchdown, instant euphoria kicks in. A new house, new clothes, a favorite vacation spot, and any other created thing can bring immediate pleasure.

The correction of Romans 1:25 concerns the overemphasis of the created. Enjoying created things is not wrong. First Timothy 6:17 tells us, "Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy" (NKJV).

God wants you to enjoy the things He gives you, but He doesn't want anything competing for His worship. You are to worship the Lord God and Him alone.

There should be a greater loyalty and devotion to God than to Ford, Chevy or Dodge. There should be more excitement in living for Jesus than over a touchdown from any college or professional football team. Instant gratification of the created cannot be compared to the eternal reward of a loving God.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

 

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