Examining Our Motives

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:3)

The Church has far too many people who are doing all the right things for the wrong reasons. We have lost our power and the pews are full of hypocrites who don’t even know they have become hypocrites! Time is short and we must humble ourselves before God and become living sacrifices for His service.

            We are on a journey in these posts. Our goal is to discover and fulfill the plan of God for our lives. One of the barriers stopping us from doing this is our lack of commitment in our relationship with Him. Let’s examine our lives. Anything that has more value than our time with Him must be cut off.  This is part of the pruning process Jesus talked about (John 15). We are in the end of days and time is short and we must pace everything on the altar in complete and total surrender. The Holy Spirit was sent by Jesus to help us through this process. I once heard an audio message of Kathryn Kuhlman in which she talked about her ministry costing her everything. At the time this did not make sense to me. Didn’t Jesus pay the price for our salvation? He did and so how could there be a cost to serve Him? Over the years I’ve come to understand the meaning of Ms. Kuhlman’s statement. If we are going to discover and fulfill the plan for which we were placed on earth, we must surrender everything to God. There are no exceptions! We are called first to become living sacrifices. A sacrifice has no control over what happens to it and it is completely at the mercy of the one making the sacrifice. Becoming a living sacrifice requires us to surrender control of our lives completely to God.

Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. (John 5:19-20)

Jesus’ life was completely surrendered to the Father. Every action and every word recorded in the Gospel accounts were done at the direction of the Holy Spirit. God will not be able to reveal the depths of His perfect will for our lives until we reach this point in our lives. Jesus died to open the door for us to enter relationship with our heavenly Father. We cannot even begin to understand the love that God has for us. He sent Jesus to die on the cross to gain a family not an army of servants.

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