Tuesday, May 17, 2016

dabbling or devoted

Ask yourself... Why do you seek God?

Of course, the obvious and most popular answer is to be saved from eternal death. But let's dig deeper...

Why do YOU seek GOD? Is it for personal fulfillment, for safety OR for sacrifice? An interesting question, don't you think?

All mankind was made for service, sacrifice, dedication and relationship.... BY God and FOR His Glory.

As Christians, there is no getting around His created intent for us... God made us to live devoted to Him. We are to fully submit and humble ourselves to His loving authority. Some don't like this. Some avoid discussing it. And some outright deny it. But the truth of the matter is, God expects us to follow Jesus example and live as a sacrifice to glorify Our Heavenly Father.

Read Philippians 2:5-7, "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness."

So, why do you seek God? Is it to be His equal or His humble servant?

We must honestly ask ourselves if we are dabbling in Christianity for ourself alone.... and I stress the word "SELF". Do we even care what God really wants altogether? Instead of asking God what He will HAVE YOU DO, are you more interested in asking God what He will DO FOR YOU?

Are you the type of Christian who is thrilled to soak in a women's bible study, national seminar or home church event.... but would never actually SHARE the gospel with another human being? Are your prayers usually focused on your needs rather than others? Do you even pray for others? Are you personally concerned and actively living your days with focus to spread the gospel throughout the earth? Would you be able to speak hard biblical truth without apology or embarrassment to someone who considered you odd or even an enemy? These are difficult questions to ask ourselves. But they are at the core of how we are to "put off the sinful nature" and follow Christ. It is what God expects of His people...His family.

Evangelism and a new life in Christ are one in the same. We are not to maintain a "leave it to the missionaries and church leaders" mindset and only show up on Sundays to find some kind of Christian "Cliff Notes" for enrichment that excuses us from any other action. We are to live, breathe, sleep, eat and especially speak for God's purpose and glory! We are to help the poor, needy, widows, elderly. We are to share His loving message of redemption with the lost. We are ALL to be evangelists for His Great Commission.

So, why do you seek God? Is it only to escape eternal death...? If so, is that what you think Jesus had in mind for mankind when He offered His life as a sacrifice... or do you think He wanted us to serve to save others as well? Do you look at His death as a "Get Out of Jail Free Card" like in the game of Monopoly, but once accepted - - remain a "lukewarm" Christian?

Why do you seek God? Do you know Him? Have you accepted Him as your Savior and sacrificed your whole life to Him. In the end, would He say, "well done" when He examines the fruit of your days here on earth?

If you truly have laid down everything to follow Jesus Christ as His servant, you already know that He is The Good Master. He will fulfill and provide all the protection and security you'll ever need. He is good and constant and merciful and gracious... But to be His, you must submit your sinful ways, your agenda, your self to follow His ways. Rest assured, He is everything and eternity without Him would be utter hopelessness. But know, if you have accepted Jesus as your God, you must accept His truth in Luke 9:62: "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." Meaning, anyone who lets themselves be distracted from the work God has planned for them is not fit for the Kingdom of Heaven.

So, why do you seek God?
Is your reason something outside of God's original plan for your created existence?
Think about it.
Answer it with your decision.
Because it is a decision you will answer for directly to the Holy of Holies.

This day, choose your path.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-7)

Blessings!

~Victoria

© The Devoted Woman | Victoria Anderson

2 comments:

  1. Really, there isn't any devotional from Victoria that isn't Woo Hoo worthy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for blessing my daily life with the Word of God.

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