Sometimes you come across something that you aren’t able to dislodge from your mind. Below is an excerpt from Paul Tripp’s book, “Whiter Than Snow” that I hope you will read slowly a few times as you think about your relationship with Christ. I have one question that I hope you will take a moment to answer after you read it. – Jeff
“Perhaps if I give You some of my time. Perhaps if I give You some of my strength. Perhaps if I give You some of my things. Perhaps if I give You some of my thoughts. Perhaps if I give You some of my success. Perhaps if I give You some of my relationships. Surely these sacrifices will bring You delight. Surely these offerings will bring You joy. I’m quite willing to give a tithe. I’m quite willing to interrupt my schedule. I’m quite willing to volunteer to serve. I’m quite willing to do my part. But I get the sense that You’re not satisfied with a piece of me. I get the sense that momentary giving, momentary service, momentary sacrifice, momentary ministry, the momentary turning of my heart to You will not satisfy You. But I must admit that I’m afraid of what You require. I’m afraid of a broken spirit. I’m afraid of a contrite heart. I’m afraid to be crushed by Your grace. So I try to distract You with my service, distract You with my time, distract You with my money. Deep inside I know what You want. Deep inside I’m sure of what You require. I’m afraid because I want to hold onto my heart. I want to give it to other things. I want to pursue pleasures outside of You. I’m afraid to give You what would satisfy You. I’m afraid of a broken heart. So I regularly offend You with empty offerings and vacuous praise. Hoping to my own destruction that you’ll be satisfied.”
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