Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Selfish Desires or God's Desires?!

The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD tries the hearts. (Prov. 17:3) 

Ask yourself three questions of discipleship:

As you think through the major decisions you have recently made (during the past six to eight months), have they pleased the Lord or fed your ego?

Have you begun to take your personal goals and desires before the Lord or fed your ego? 

Are you really willing to change those goals if, while praying about them, the Lord should lead you to do so? 

Discipleship refuses to let us skate through life tossing around a few religious comments while we live as we please. It says, "There can be no more important relationship to you than the one you have with Jesus Christ." And it also says, "When you set forth your goals and desires in life, say no to the things that will only stroke your ego, and yes to the things that will deepen your commitment to Christ." 

Strengthening Your Grip 

God has created all of us with desires. Desire in and of itself is not a bad thing. Where it can get bad is where we direct our desire. Is our desire a selfish one? Is our desire in direct alignment with God's desire? The way you choose to live your life will directly reflect which question pertains to you.

If it so happens that our desires are self-centered in nature, we may reap certain benefits from those desires, but hold no weight long term. In the long term, our own selfish desire become exactly that, selfish. Those type of desires don't really take anyone else into consideration and give absolutely no regard to what anyone else may contribute to that desire.

On the other hand, God's desires are inclusive. It is inclusive from the perspective that He longs for all of us (individually and corporately) to reap the benefits of what He has laid out for us in His Word. For His desires to be manifested in our lives, we must surrender our lives exclusively to Him through Jesus Christ. So, while God's desires are inclusive, it is exclusive to those who are in Christ and Christ alone. 

My dear friends, in whom do you place your desires? Are your desires God's desires? If so, then God bless you as you continue to move in His light and guidance. If not, I strongly recommend you take a better look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself if following your own selfish desires are really worth following. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).