100 Percent God
By Phil Scovell
It was the shortest way home so we often walked that way.
Besides, Danny's house was almost right at the end of the short street
we walked and I could cut through his yard and out on to the street
that led to my house.
They were playing in an open field in the grass when we walked up
and stopped to watch. There were at least 8 or 10 little boys, ages
ranging from 4 to 6 years old, wrestling and rolling around in the
grass. They sure were having a good time.
"Let's join them," I suggested to Danny. We were about 10 years
old and thought it would be fun wrestling with the little guys.
"Good idea, Scov," Danny replied and we found a place to lay are
Approaching the boys slowly, we acted friendly, so as not to
alarm them, and told them we liked wrestling, too. Soon all of us
were rolling around in the grass. Three and four little boys at a
time would be hanging from our necks and shoulders, tugging on are
hands, clinging to our legs, and generally trying just about
everything to pull the taller boys to the ground. Sometimes they were
successful and when they were, even more little boys jumped on our
backs and tried to hold us down. We laughed and played for probably
an hour, until the little boys had to go home for supper, and so Danny
and I picked up our books and walked toward his house.
"Boy, that was fun," Danny said. "Those little fellers sure
worked us over. Didn't they, Scov?"
"Yep," I replied. "They sure did. I feel good, too," I said for
no particular reason.
"Me, too," Danny said with a grin. "That is exactly how I feel,
This childhood memory has come to my mind hundreds of times
through my 50 plus decades of life. It has always been a pleasant
memory, one I have always enjoyed considering, but recently, it came
to mind and almost stayed fixed in my mind.
Finally, I prayed one day and asked the Lord why this memory was
surfacing so often. I felt Him telling me to focus on the memory so I
did. "How did you feel?" I heard Him ask.
I saw myself, walking with Danny, as we strolled away from the
place we had been wrestling with the smaller boys. "I felt good; like
I had done something good," I said to myself. "I felt like, as the
bigger boys, we were able to enjoy ourselves while, at the same time,
I could feel how much the little guys enjoyed the fun of wrestling the
I felt the Lord saying, "That's how I feel about you. It is what
I like to do for you. I like making you happy and it makes me feel
good when you feel good."
How much do you do for the Lord? If you immediately began
mentally running down a list of the things you do that are what some
call "spiritual," then burn that list because you won't need it any
longer. Your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ needs no
improvement. You can't make it better by doing things for the Lord.
You might feel better when doing certain things and that does not mean
the things you do are bad. They most likely, in fact, are good
things. There are no good things, however, which will improve,
advance, amplify, enhance, magnify, intensify, expand, or otherwise,
strengthen your relationship with the Lord. In fact, He is not even
impressed with what you can do for Him. Why? Because Jesus did it
all already for you. All you have to do is acknowledge Him as your
only Lord and Savior.
Now, about this point, a lot of Christians spiritually bristle,
rend their clothes, cast dust into the air, and shaking their list of
things they do for the Lord in my face, as it were, demand to know
what the Bible says, yaih, commands that we should be doing. Well,
let's list some of those things that most of us think we should be
One pastor told me that the only way you could be blessed in any
way was to tithe. I was taught going to movies was sin and a
spiritual person wouldn't do it. Going to church, reading your Bible,
memorizing Scripture, attending Bible college or seminary, were all
spiritual rewarding things. From there, it branches out into all
sorts of areas, not withstanding, full time Christian service as a
missionary, pastor, seminary professor, traveling evangelist, or
anything else that might be considered full time ministry work.
My own personal list was divided, that is, in to good and bad. I
focused on adding things to my "good" list because all those things
seemed to make me feel better when I did them. Eventually, as I grew
older, I discovered that my good list wasn't working as well. I still
pushed onward and upward, as they say, and my good list of things I
was doing became more and more difficult to maintain.
When less than satisfactory feelings came from exercising my good
list, I often referred to my bad list. These were things I did not do
for the Lord. That list seemed to be longer than the good list, too,
and I was always adding to it. After all, I wanted the Lord to have
Finally, I crashed and burned in my own spiritual wreckage. The
horrifying discovery I made at that point was that there was nothing
left for me to do.
A man called me one day. We had been praying together for
several weeks. He had become unable to work, had a multiplicity of
physical illnesses that seemed to plague him, and spiritually he felt
stuck in his relationship with the Lord.
He asked my opinion about some job he was considering taking. He
had more than one job on the string but he could not make up his mind.
I asked him which one he wanted and he told me. I said, "That's what
the Lord wants to do; whatever you want to do." He almost seemed
shocked. I spent time to explain the Scriptures to him about
acknowledging the Lord in all our ways and the like, and assured him
that Jesus was on his side and wanted to do whatever he wanted to do.
Are you, too, surprised that Jesus wants to make you happy? Are
you finding it difficult to believe that Jesus wants to do what you
want to do? Have you lost that good feeling you once had relating to
your personal relationship with the Lord or did you ever have it in
the first place? Are you having trouble accepting the Lord as 100
percent God of your life? Let's find out what is keeping you from
that joy and happiness. Call me.
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