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64 100 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 books. 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, too." 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 bigger boys." 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 doing. 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 my all. 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.