Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Devotional 081008

Dear brothers and sisters,
Good morning. Thank God for another beautiful day! How easy it is for us to miss the wonderful gifts that God has prepared for our enjoyment while we busily engage in our daily routine or battle for success in life. We tend to put God away into our ‘spiritual compartment’ while we make our living, as though He has nothing to do with it. Is it how you perceive your relationship with God? Let’s meditate on our devotional reading for today:
Is it not humiliating to be told that we must come to Jesus! Think of the things we will not come to Jesus Christ about. If you want to know how real you are, test yourself by these words - "Come to Me." In every degree in which you are not real, you will dispute rather than come, you will quibble rather than come, you will go through sorrow rather than come, you will do anything rather than come the last lap of unutterable foolishness - "Just as I am." As long as you have the tiniest bit of spiritual impertinence, it will always reveal itself in the fact that you are expecting God to tell you to do a big thing, and all He is telling you to do is to "come."
"Come to Me." When you hear those words you will know that something must happen in you before you can come. The Holy Spirit will show you what you have to do, anything at all that will put the axe at the root of the thing which is preventing you from getting through. You will never get further until you are willing to do that one thing. The Holy Spirit will locate the one impregnable thing in you, but He cannot budge it unless you are willing to let Him.
How often have you come to God with your requests and gone away with the feeling - Oh, well, I have done it this time! And yet you go away with nothing, while all the time God has stood with outstretched hands not only to take you, but for you to take Him. Think of the invincible, unconquerable, unwearyingly patience of Jesus - "Come to Me."
We are living in a very task oriented society where productivity is esteemed as the highest virtue. We feel bad when we are useless or non-productive. We want to prove to ourselves and to others that we are capable and successful. This inner drive will push many people to the edge of nervous breakdown. We need to take heel to heart of what Jesus said to us, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28). Our Creator God wants to give us a different definition of success – to enter into the rest of Christ. And to yoke with Him, just like a horse was yoked with a cow to labor in a field, so that your daily labor or business will be truly productive.
Brothers and sisters, reprioritize your life today, so that your abiding in Christ becomes your utmost priority of your daily pursuit, because this is your real success in accordance to your Creator God - original Designer of Life.
Love you in Christ,

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