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Doing Instead Of Loving

Posted: Friday, September 18

Pastor Joshua Humpa // Children's Pastor

Pastor Joshua Humpa // Children's Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Isaiah 28:14-30:11
Galatians 3:23-4:31
Psalm 62:1-12
Proverbs 23:19-21


Verse of the day:

And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote. (Isaiah 29:13)

I have a friend that just started dating a really fun girl. It’s so enjoyable and heartwarming to hear everyday how well things are going and the adventures, conversations, and simple things they do that keep their attraction blossoming. Listening to him talk about her and what yesterday was like for them brings back tender emotions of when my wife and I began to date.  There’s something unique and special about a new relationship. It’s fresh, it’s new, it’s scary but at the same time exhilarating. There’s nothing quite like it. 



For anyone that’s married or has been in a relationship even for a few months, all have experienced some sort of complacency. You get in a rhythm, create norms and soon enough the fueling fire that was raging at the beginning of the relationship dwindles. Sure, the fire is still there but it’s not like what it used to be. This experience is completely normal and healthy to a point - roots are being developed as time goes on that is far better and deeper than that early chemistry. The danger comes when saying, “I love you” is merely words and not a testament to the commitment to the relationship. 



God’s desires is to have a genuine, authentic relationship with each and every person. It pains Him when our relationship dwindles, becomes stale, and a religious routine. God definitely wants those deep root to develop in our relationship with Him, but he wants it to be fresh and exciting! Simply doing things like church, Bible reading, and serving others are all great things to do, but if the doing is taking the place of our loving God, we’re in danger. If we say we love God but haven’t spent time listening for His voice in prayer, if we aren’t everyday desiring to know His will and do what we can to please Him, we’re letting the fire extinguish. This goes for me as well, but let’s be careful that our doing doesn’t take the place of our loving God. I want my lips to honor God as a reflection of my heart being close to His.