It’s tempting to treat God like an app.
Just download God and go to the app when you need Him.
One app among many. Problems? Just ask God what to do so you can be blessed.
The Gospel is different.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy,
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—
this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1
When we treat God like an app we move directly to morality and abandon grace.
“What does God want me to do?”
Do “x” so God will give you “y.”
Avoid the God App, it will corrupt genuine Gospel faith.
The Gospel gives us a relationship, not an app of convenience.
“…in view of God’s mercy…”
Connecting faith to real life starts with a view of the cross.
Jesus took our place that we might enjoy His place with the Father.
Sin would take its toll from us — killing us slowly with guilt, shame, and fear.
But mercifully He took our guilt that we might have a share in His innocence,
our shame that we might have a share in His honour,
our fear that we might have a share in His peace.
Now through Jesus we are connected to One from whom and through whom
and for whom all things are! (Romans 11:36)
What an awesome God we have!
The inconvenient but joyful way to live as one loved by Jesus is
is to make His mercy our starting place.