10.04.2013

Stop Wanting To Get And Give!

God has been dealing with me on a personal level concerning a relationship that demands more of me than I’d like to give at times. It’s uncomfortable, and giving up of what I could be gaining elsewhere if it were my choice.

I know I’m not alone. Your situation may differ in the scenario, but the lesson is similar. You’re in a tight spot, and for either the sake of your marriage and/or the family you’ll endure. Maybe you’re moving again. Maybe your spouse has a difficult time staying in a job for a season. Maybe you’re stuck in a dead church or a church that doesn’t celebrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit in their fullness. Change the people and/or circumstance it matters not.

God has a way of pairing us up with those who are unlike us, and for good reason. We’re learning to soften our hard edges while we live life up close and personal as a witness of God’s goodness. All the while sharing His promises, and laying down our own desires. We talk about doing what Jesus did. However, are we really ready to do that? Are we ready to put aside our selfish longings and be as selfless as He was?

It’s not easy to do at all, especially when we feel like we’ve done enough. Regardless, God is demanding more from you. We must be confident “that He who has begun a good work in us will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.  To press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,” and trust Him with our desires and dreams. We need to find joy in giving of ourselves as He did.

What if your greatest divine purpose was to be witness to this other person?

What if all of your sacrifices were to eventually lead this person to the saving knowledge of Christ?

Sharing the Gospel is vital, but equally important if not more is living it out daily.

I give you permission to feel sorry for yourself for a minute, and then move on.

I’m blessed and encouraged that God in His goodness brings revelation to my spirit so that my head and heart are connected to His ways, which are higher than mine.

The lesson is crystal clear: He wants me to be the gift!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
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