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“   n Christ you will find true fulfillment.”  In complete brokenness, he appeared, like
           “In your relationship with God you will  the Levite of old, at the tent door to offer
        Ifind happiness, success, and the answer  himself for whatever service the Lord had
        to all your problems.” There is wonderful  for him.
        truth contained in these statements; but   If my worldview is that God owes me
        there is also a subtle danger. There is a new   a fulfilling, happy, and productive life, I
        evangelism which, bypassing the issues   have never been to the altar. God owes
        of sin and the need for repentance, pres-  me nothing. I am a debtor to grace! God is
        ents the gospel as a way to achieve your   God and is never subject to my needs and
        “personal best.” In essence, we use God to   desires. In wondrous mercy He has saved
        achieve happiness, marital bliss, financial   me and brought me into His family, flock,
        wisdom, and personal fulfillment. Accept-
        ing Christ places God at our disposal to be   and field. In His family I am allowed to
                                             sit at His table as did Mephibosheth, and
        our “personal coach” to a full and meaning-
        ful life, especially a happy life.   feast and grow (2Sam 9). As part of that
          No true believer would question that   flock, I am privileged to know the care of
        conversion brings a believer into the most   a Shepherd. In that field, He graciously
                                             has allowed me to labor, as did Boaz with
        fulfilling and meaningful life imaginable.
        But that is achieved by having the primary   Ruth (Ruth 2). Ruth did not look to Boaz to
        issue as the primary issue: God’s right to   fulfill all her dreams and aspirations. She
        use me for His glory, and not my using   owned that she had found grace since she
        God for my benefit. The emphasis has been   was only a stranger (Ruth 2:10). The one
        totally misplaced.                   who fell at the feet of Boaz, owning her
          Isaac was born for an altar (Gen 21 and   unworthiness, ultimately found that Boaz
        22). It was only after the altar that he had a   would do “exceeding abundant above all”
        wedding and comfort (Gen 24:67). Accord-  she could ask or think. But those were not
        ing to Galatians 4:28, we are all children   the terms on which she came to him.
        of promise as was Isaac; we have all been   Let us enshrine in our souls a sense of
        born again for the purpose of coming to  wonder that divine grace ever thought
        an altar and yielding ourselves to God, not  upon  us  and  saved  us.  We  were  once
        for personal fulfillment, but for His will,  “bondmen in Egypt,” who have been de-
        whatever the cost.                   livered at tremendous cost. It is of God’s
          Paul was not concerned with hedonistic  mercies that we have the privilege of com-
        pleasure and personal fulfillment on the  ing to the altar and asking Him to use us
        Damascus road when he asked, “What  for His glory, whatever pathway He has
        wilt Thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6, KJV).  for our lives.

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