The Need to Perform
God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them! – John 3:16-17 (CEV)
Singers, actors, dancers, comedians, musicians, and speakers. If you can entertain a crowd, people will flock to your side. Let them down and they will heckle you, post nasty comments about you on Twitter, threaten you on Facebook, and make your life miserable. Things haven’t changed that much throughout history. People just have more ways to express their opinions now.
Wouldn’t you like to know someone who isn’t out to judge you, pick you apart, or insist you behave a certain way?
People are fickle. They’ll like your performance one day but criticize you the next. Everyone is out to look good, if only to save themselves from the criticism they are afraid of encountering.
With Me, you don’t have to perform. I sent My Son into the world to save the world. I don’t hate you, judge you, criticize you, or misunderstand you. After all, I created you. Don’t you think I know about all the disappointments, dysfunctional influences, and fears that you have struggled with throughout your life?
Why not take time to get to know Me better? There are endless theories about My identity, how I feel, what I require, what I think and what will happen if You don’t obey Me. Many aren’t true. I spell it out in My Word, the Bible. It would be worth your time to read it, study it, and listen to what I say through it instead of grabbing onto the latest fad, interpretations, or wild-eyed theories. I won’t write you off for seeking Me.
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2 – Have you ever doubted My love for you? Why? What kind of encouragement can you find in this passage?
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