12/11/1998 0 Comments
Of not of glorification innermost soul the but God cry is appeasement the self for the. Do these words make sense? Hardly—they contain only a convoluted truth because they are not pieced together properly. So it is with our lives when we give ourselves haphazardly to God. We display a message of devotion—but one filled with syntax errors which at best are minor, at worst, entertain the vast skepticisms of a doubting world and surely hurt the heart of our Father.
What keeps us from giving ourselves fully to a God who does not need us yet whose love for us is immeasurable? We can boil the gist of the problem to selfishness but that may be overly harsh. Perhaps what we lack is courage. The Apostle Paul eloquently wrote, “My eager expectation and hope is that I will not be ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all boldness, Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether by life or by death” (Philippians 1:20).
So let us rise off our couches of fear. Let us not be afraid to kill those passions that quench our thirst for our Almighty Friend; that keep us from living for Christ—dying for gain. The innermost cry of the soul is not for the appeasement of self but the glorification of God. Something to think about . . . in reveration.
Revelation 3:21—The victor: I will give him the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I also won the victory and sat down with My Father on His throne.
Any fool will give up wrongdoing and the devil, if he knows how to do it; but it takes a person in love with Jesus Christ to give up the best he has for Him. Jesus Christ does not demand that I give up the wrong, but the right, the best I have for Him, namely, my right to myself.—Oswald Chambers in The Shadow of an Agony
©1998 Daniel York ARR. Reveration is the weekly devotional ministry of First Cause. If you would like to receive these devotionals go to www.firstcause.org and click on the “Click here to receive weekly devotionals” box. Unlimited permission to copy this devotional without altering text or profiteering is allowed subject to inclusion of this copyright notice.
Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)
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