Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 4, 2015
Guest Writer: Meet my friend Shana Schutte. We are blessed to have her as our guest writer.
The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24
When God called me to write, I knew if I wanted to be effective for Him I had to write out of my relationship with Christ. And, what could be better than marrying my passion for words with my passion for Jesus? Sadly, after a few years in ministry, my love for Christ was overshadowed by building a bigger platform. After all, I had repeatedly heard that’s what successful Christian authors and speakers do. They write a lot of books, build their e-mail lists, and make money so they can fund their ministries to reach more people for Christ.
Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing bad about wanting to reach people for Christ; there is something wrong with loving your mission more than you love the Messiah. There is something wrong with being led by your own goals instead of being led by the Spirit. If goals or outcomes become our idols, we are out of God’s will. If our dreams are more important to us than the One who gave us the dreams, we are serving out of the wrong motives.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:14).
As a result of pushing my agenda more than listening to God, I experienced burnout. During this difficult time He reminded me that He isn’t interested in me doing good things for Him more than He is interested in knowing me. Relationship with Christ must always precede works. Then He reminded me that He is the very life in my words. Producing words cannot be my goal. Building a platform cannot be my goal. Knowing Him intimately must be my goal–and if I abide in Him, He will give me the right words to share. And, He will expand my ministry if that is His will. What refreshing, liberating truths!
This doesn’t mean we sit around and do nothing. We are co-laborers with Christ (1 Corinthians 3:9). But He must be our greatest love, and when He is, we will be led by Him, we will keep in step with the Spirit and He will use us according to His will. Is Christ your greatest love? Do you believe He will fulfill His plans for your life? I encourage you, make Him your priority today. He is all you need to be all He has called you to be.
“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25)
What does it mean to put God first in my plans? How can I do this consistently?
Related Readings: John 15:5; Psalm 138:8; Daniel 4:35
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