Tuesday, February 2, 2010

to be or to be there for ... that is the question

Just a thought that I felt God dropped in my heart a few weeks ago that I've been pondering on since then...

When we're more concerned about who we can be in the Kingdom of God, rather than who we can be there for, we've lost focus.

What does this mean?

As we grow, we are being conformed into the image of Christ Jesus. Our heart's desire is to be more like Him. But think about the old popular phrase, what would Jesus do? He would serve. He did serve. He was about the Father's business. He was there for the people. He gave His life away.

I'm not talking about being a Martha instead of a Mary. God knows that simply "doing" the right thing does not make us more like Him. It is not His will that we burn out. There's a rest that we can find even as we serve with all of our hearts.

The Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11 that God has plans to prosper us and not to harm us, but that's His job to do, not ours. We don't know what tomorrow brings but our future is in His hands and He promised to give us that future with hope. Our job is to trust the Lord and to be available. Not to try and make our life prosperous. HE brings us into a place of abundance. It's as we abide in Him and yield to Him, where we become more like Him. When we want to be like Jesus, when we serve like Jesus, when we live like Jesus, He makes us who we're supposed to be in Him.

There's a chorus we sing in my church...

"I give myself away ... I give myself away so You can use me"

God, help us as the body of Christ to keep our eyes ever so fixed on You ... to be fixed on Jesus ... and to truly be about the Father's business. Make us more like you. Make me more like you. I give myself away so You can use me...


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Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. "Teacher," they said, "we want you to do for us whatever we ask."

"What do you want me to do for you?" he asked.

They replied, "Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory."

"You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said. "Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?"

"We can," they answered. Jesus said to them, "You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared."

When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

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Mark 10: 35-45

1 comment:

mtranier2008 said...

thank you for this post friend. i've been reminded of this a ton lately, not sure if that's a good thing :-( but i'll take it if i can be more like Him.