Wednesday, November 02, 2011
The Right Direction
Which interests you more-who Jesus is or what He can do for you? I’m afraid that too many of us are more concerned about what He can give us than we are about getting to know who He is.To approach God with demands involves such a misunderstanding of just who and what God is. It is a terrifying testament to our egos. Even absent the stain of sin, we are not worthy of His presence.
But this is nothing new-Jesus had this problem when He walked on earth. The crowds often sought Him out for what He could do for them. Even though their needs were quite often legitimate, Christ knew their motives.
There is a fine line between selfishly trying to use the Lord to get what we want and humbly coming to Him with our needs and struggles. Some of the issues we bring to Him are so pressing and urgent in our minds that our desire for Him to take action in the way we want becomes greater than our willingness to submit to His will. At times, what we call “faith” is really a demanding spirit.
Think about this for a minute. I build a table and put it in my house. It is not sinful, it has not renegade spirit, but serves only at my will. I can use it, I can ignore it, I can even throw it away. We are to God as that table is to me.
So how dare we approach Him with demands? How dare we think anything other than how grateful we are to be with Him one more day.
The greatest journey of faith is the journey away from self. What a shame it is so few take it.