“Hear, O My people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you; I am God, your God! I will not rebuke you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which are continually before Me. I will not take a bull from your house, nor goats out of your folds. For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you; and you shall glorify Me.” (Psalm 50:7-15)
People tend to think that because God’s arms are outstretched to us that He actually NEEDS us and our possessions. He doesn’t need us, we need Him! He wants our love for Him, but He doesn’t need it. He is the self-sufficient One. He owns everything in existence anyway. He loves us and wants us to come to Him, but don’t think for one minute that He isn’t in a position of utmost strength.
His mercy has been given to a sinful creation because of His great love. We need Him desperately. He is the only way out of the destruction at the end of time. To think that we are doing God a favor by throwing Him a few crumbs of our time once a week is pretty high-minded thinking. Religious activities don’t impress Him. Faith impresses Him. Thanksgiving and praise from the heart impresses Him. Obedience to His Word impresses Him. Seeking Him out with all your might impresses Him. All of these things bring Him glory. He alone is to be glorified and worshipped. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The God of the Bible is the only true God. All others are wanna be’s and are not the Creator–they are the created by Him and are subject to Him.
God is not panting after our half-hearted efforts at worshipping Him. He has plenty of people in this world who are all in. Who are seeking Him with everything they have. Those who are all in are in a wonderful place. They are in the center of His will for their lives. To be in this place is better than lifetime seats on the fifty yard line of the Superbowl. The intimate relationship with God is the Pearl of great price. It is most precious.
Are you all in today or on the edge of salvation? Hanging out in the parameters won’t cut it in this day and age. The fence has been torn down. One foot in the world and one foot in the kingdom is in reality, outside the kingdom. God rules His kingdom with a rod of iron. Half-hearted worship is really no worship. The hour has come when we must choose to be all in or all out. What is your choice?