|A message from Pastor Chris:|
"Love God, and do what you please...."
-- St Augustine.
I really enjoy the writings of St. Augustine. One of my favorite books is Augustine’s Confessions. The book tells of Augustine’s life, and is written in a way that it is timeless. I love that Augustine tells us all his problems. He has the problems that we all have! He is as broken as any of us. I can identify with his humanness. Augustine lived from 354 AD to 430, but you would never know that he was writing 1600 years ago! The writing could be the style of any NY Times Best Seller of today, and I recommend the book to everyone. Augustine was truly one of the greatest influences to the early Church, and his influence is still huge today.
I was having dinner several years ago with Tony and Peggy Campolo when Tony uttered this quote, “Love God, and do what you please…” If you know Tony, you would expect he would quote his favorite St. Francis of Assisi before he would quote Augustine, but I am glad he made light of the quote. It started a great conversation!
I have heard some Christians say something like, “Well….if we believe in Jesus and He forgives us, then why can’t we do anything we want…..because He will forgive us after we do something wrong anyway? If you feel that way, then maybe you need some heart change. With the quote, Augustine was trying to get us to understand that the status of your heart is of utmost importance to God.
Yes, God does know the status of our heart. In fact, the biggest change in a person who decides to follow Jesus is a continual change in the heart. Jesus is after your heart! He wants you to give it to Him, because once Jesus has your heart, He’ll get the rest of you sooner or later.….