Aside from the dinosaur looming in the background, what do you think of Laura’s list of “Inward Attitudes That Please God”? (These go with her previous list which seemed to be more about “Outward Behaviors That Please God.”)
Would you say these are things only God can see and judge because they are coming from a person’s heart? Do you think these are things that can’t be faked? Or none of these can be faked before God? It may help to see these together. (I do want to say that I’ve added “Him” to the inner attitudes for today’s comic strip, and like this much better. I’ve done this for both below and will update the previous comic strip as well!)
Outward Behavior That Please God
- My Praise and Thanksgiving To Him
- My Speaking The Gospel About Him
- My Walk With Him
Inward Attitudes That Please God
- My Faith In Him
- My Awe Of Him
- My Humility Towards Him
I do think that there are times of self-examination when it is important to make a differentiation. For example, “Was my lack of praise and thanksgiving during worship due to thinking about the luncheon afterwards or because I am lacking faith that God will provide for my current need?”
Jesus spoke about what was inside a person. (Matthew 15:18-20, Mark 7:21-23) I like how this next verse connects the inner attitudes with the outer behaviors. Perhaps that is the real purpose of making any distinction at all.
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:38 (NASB)
To amplify this (or perhaps “dynamify” in case anyone had called dibs on “amplified”) but hopefully without changing the meaning…“He who believes in Me, has faith in Me, stands in awe and humility before Me, as the Scriptures said, ‘From his innermost being, the place where those attitudes reside, will flow rivers of living water filled with praise and thanksgiving, speaking the Gospel, and a pleasing walk before God.’”
I imagine these two parts, inward attitudes and outward behaviors) being just as instantaneous as when Moses struck the rock in the Wilderness and water gushed forth. I believe what Jesus wants from us is for our inner attitudes to be so intuned with His that we can only ever pour out actions that are like His.
Because of that, I also imagine my life when there will be no time to worry about man-devouring prehistoric monsters, remnants of a life without Christ. They will just be fossils buried underfoot and forgotten. Until then, I will still be examining my attitudes and behaviors with the help of the Holy Spirit.