Today we are going to be doing things a little differently. Click Here to read Jeremiah 7.
In Jeremiah 7:1-11, we learn that the people of Judah were kind of slacking. They were idolizing other gods. They were exploiting innocent people. They were being lustful and corrupt. They were doing all of this only to turn around and come crawling back to fulfil their "duties" to God. So in other words, they were just going through the motions. They wanted all the things God promised them, but they didn't want to have to live by His standards. So they lived by their own and did only what they had to do in order to seem as though they were still following God. They were under the impression that as long as they did what "needed" to be done, then they would be ok. They would still be right with God. The people of Judah were putting up a front. They were being...well, like the people of today.
Christians today are not really know to be very "Christ-like". The number one thing Christians are known for in our society is to be hypocrites. There are many people who say they are Christians, but their actions say otherwise. They are following the Bible on Sundays at church. But as soon as those church doors are open and the other church goers aren't looking its back to doing whatever they want to: cussing and drinking and smoking and well that's kind of extreme but you get my point.
This is how the people in Jeremiah's time were living. The problem with living like this is that it causes people to forget about one very important aspect: Our Hearts. The problem with living like this is that God doesn't want robots that follow His every command because they think they have to in order to be saved. God's love, His forgiveness can't be earned in that way. God desires something entirely different.
In Jeremiah 7:22 God says, "When I lead your ancestors out of Egypt, it was not burnt offerings and sacrifices I wanted from them." God doesn't want us to stumble through the motions. That was never what He intended. He wants us to follow Him whole-heartedly. He wants us to wake up everyday and say, "I choose Jesus. I choose God." God gave us free will so that we could make the choice to follow Him. He didn't want to force us into anything. God wants a real relationship with us. He want's both, our hearts and our actions, to be dedicated to Him. It doesn't work if we only give God one of the two.
Our hearts are very important. If we don't put our heart into what we do in life, then we are left empty, stumbling our way through many of life's challenges. God wants us to put our hearts into following Him. Being as He gave His son so that we could be forgiven, I'd say that's not too much to ask.
"Anyone can show up when you're happy. But the ones who stay by your side when your heart falls apart, they are your true friends."
I am Samantha, and my goal for this blog is to basically share my experiences as a teenager. Basically, I am a teen. I have many hopes and dreams, many fears and insecurities that I let hold me back. There is so much that goes on in my life. Sometimes it is a struggle, and that is what this blog is about.