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#133 Instead of At Least  - Why Not Our Best?                                                  January 1, 2017
We just lived through the time in each year when settling for at least reaches an all time low in our culture amongst Christians.  Last month some of us may have tried to help other Christians understand the Truth of God’s Word when we didn’t respond to their “merry Christmas” greetings in the rote, prescribed fashion.  If you did, you might have heard, as I have, a response along the lines of, “Well, at least people are thinking about Jesus.”  Really?  How could any Christian think that God Almighty would possibly appreciate that?  

Furthermore, how can anyone that isn’t a Christian receive God’s gift of holy spirit and eternal life by “at least” thinking about Jesus?  The response that God requires from humankind to all that He did in the giving of His Son is not: “That if thou shalt at least think about Jesus thou shalt be saved.”  God’s Word says:

      Romans 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
      raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

What if God’s response to humankind in the aftermath of the first Adam’s willful disobedience had been, “Well, at least I’ll think about doing something”?  But that certainly wasn’t the response of our wonderful heavenly Father.  He did His very best. He gave His very best.  God authored His plan of redemption and salvation, and then brought about the birth of His only begotten Son so that the Lord Jesus Christ could accomplish His plan of redemption and salvation.

      John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not
      perish, but have everlasting life.

What if the Lord Jesus Christ had responded to God’s plan of redemption and salvation that he was responsible to accomplish by deciding, “Well, at least I’ll think about it”?  But that’s not what he did.  He gave his all.  He gave his best.  He gave his life!

      John 10:17  Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
     18  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This
      commandment have I received of my Father.

God’s promises to Christian believers today are not just at least.

      2 Corinthians 9:8  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all
      things, may abound to every good work:

All, abound, always, all, all, abound and every is certainly not just at least is it?

      Philippians 4:19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

All your need is a far cry from at least!

      1 John 5:14  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
      15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
                                                                                                                                                                  [emphasis added throughout]

God didn’t promise to at least think about it, when we ask according to His Will.  

We as Christian believers should not allow ourselves to get sucked into the vortex of “at least thinking” in our response to our wonderful heavenly Father and all that He authored and the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished.

      Philippians 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in
      my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
     13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
     14  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
     15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse
      nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
     16  Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

These verses don’t communicate an “at least lifestyle” in response to God do they?  Instead of just at least  -- why not our best in response to our loving heavenly Father in all that He authored and the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished?

                                          © Stephen A. Harrison  The Word’s Christian Fellowship, Inc.  4415 Yank Road  Wilson, NC27893