Psalm 15:1

“LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?”

What honest, heartfelt questions posed by King David, a man after God’s own heart. Questions that we too should ponder. In the following verses, we learn that the answer isn’t about identity, but character. Then as now, every true worshipper has access to God in heaven. The one who abides and enjoys His presence is marked by righteousness here on earth.

Simply put, character counts. On the job or at play, in the home or at church, there must be consistency or else we run the risk of becoming like the Pharisees, “beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” (Matthew 23:27) They were clinically religious but “neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith.” (Matthew 23:23)

 What is necessary to enjoy the privilege of a deeper relationship with God? It’s simple.

“Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 22:37-40

No religiosity, just a life consistently saturated with love for God revealed in love for man.

– Pastor Jack

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