Do you have a problem comparing yourself to others? Most people do. Why do we do this? It’s such a global thing.
The great work of a Christ follower is keeping your head and heart in the right place. Your heart is greatly influenced by what is going on in your head. The long haul of life affects how you think. Life is hard – especially when you suffer. Or when you’ve worked at things several decades with little result.
Last blog urged readers to think about “more and more” – how it affects the idea of pleasing God and surrendering to Him. We looked at His love, instruction, and transformation for your life. Today, let’s look at “more and more” again – but this time, how it affects aspects of living and loving. It seems these two ideas, living well and loving well, go together. More and more.
Do you ever feel you just can’t get your act together? Do you sometimes doubt what you bring to the table? Maybe you think you simply don’t have much to contribute. You do love the Lord and want to serve Him. You want your life to make a difference in this world. However:
- Eloquence – thinking on your feet – is not your native tongue.
- You lack wisdom.
- Blaring in your face is your weakness, not your strength.
- Although you trust God, you find fears nesting in your heart. Fear of failure, pain, what people will think, missing God’s best, exposing unattractive character in yourself or someone else, hurting or letting someone down, your past haunts future progress.
- The task before you is overwhelming. You tremble at what God asked you to do.
Has it seemed God does not hear you? Perhaps you think He will not forgive you. Maybe you think you’ve somehow been disqualified from inner healing.
A well-known Scripture impressed me today –
Years ago when I was a teenager, I heard a song that touched my heart. The words of the chorus went like this –
“All He wants is you. No one else will do. Not just a part – He wants all of your heart. All He wants is all of you. All He wants is you!“
And no one sang that song like Frank! Tears ran down his face as he poured out his heart and this song into the listening ears of the teens at summer camp.
God always has a plan. Always! In fact, He plans pretty far out. The Scriptures tell us that before He created the world, He already established The Plan of Salvation. He put into motion that Jesus would become the Intermediator: fully man, fully God. Yes, pretty far out – He planned the whole thing.
If you are committed to live a holy, godly life, Jesus’ return is already on your radar. You already have “buy in” on that event. You love the Lord and are eager to know Him more. You already believe you will one day live with Him forever – NO END! Wow. What a future!