It’s easy to get caught up in doing rather than loving.
Who can blame us…right?
We live in a culture where we gain status, success and acknowledgment, when we go above and beyond the call of duty…but lets think for a minute here. Are we building our live on a solid foundation that will last for eternity or are we building a sand catsle that looks intriguing for the time being but will all be swept away.
What kingdom are we building up when we are getting all these awards and promotions?
Are we building up the Kingdom of God with our energy, time and hearts or as we building up our treasures here on earth?
I admit that I get caught up in the wave of everything. I get swept up in wanting others to acknowledge my work, to be seen in the eyes of others as someone who is a hard worker and dedicated. But I have to stop and ask the Lord to check my heart. What are my motives? Why am I seeking mans approval? Where is the Lords leading in this?
For I believe He is looking for people to love Him above service. For we can do service without having our hearts in it for Him. We can burn ourselves out and burden ourselves with everything that is not of Him.
For He calls us to lay everything down and take up His yoke, which is light and easy (Matthew 11:28-30)
Yet how often do we confrom to the world rather than being set apart by the Word?
We must begin to seek first His Kingdom and righteousness and trust that through our hearts being fixed on Him, all else that we need to survive, will be given (Matthew 6:33)
For just like Agape and I, I love her so dearly and do not want just her service but her heart. I want her to love me and to love what we do together-not what she can do by herself. For without her heart involved, we will never form a bond that will lead us into greater things. For when she trusts me, I am able to place more trust into her. Trusting her to gallop after cattle without the fear of being bucked off, or crossing a stream knowing that she is watching out for the both of us and not just herself.
It is in that place of love and intimicay where we get to know eachother more and more. When I ride her, I don’t think about what I want but how I’m treating her and how I can make it more comfortable for her.
Although we do harder work where I train and discipline her, through ground work and showing her right and wrong-we are linked better in harmony when riding. She doesn’t do her own thing, but yet yeilds to what I am asking of her. For I pray that she is trusting me more than herself, knowing that I would never ask anything of her that would put her in danger. And she is learning, but it is a process. She is learning that if I ask her to follow me, it isn’t as scary as she thinks it is.
And I believe that is just a little glimpse of the Lords relationship with us.
For He loves us so much and as we continue to love Him, our hearts are yeilded to Him and not just ourselves. For we come to see that His ways are better than ours and His will lead to a fuller life. For what He disciplines and teaches us, isn’t just for us to be punished but for us to be refined and developed into men and woman who walk with the Lord through all things.
It is easy to get caught up in doing our own thing, but in doing so-we miss the fullness that Jesus came for us to recieve-the heart of the Father and a place within it. To live dwelling in the place of the Most High and learning to abide in Him. As I mentioned earlier, it is easy to build and build up a life, a legacy that will not stand once you pass away. It is easy to get caught up in gathering rather than building up a life in eternity.
As Billy Graham said, “This is not our home, we are just passing through.”
I pray that His love is revealed to you in such deep, real ways. That you and Abba walk so intimatly together. May He lead you by His love and build you up to walk according to His leadings. I pray that He empowers you to love Him with all your heart, soul and body-opening your eyes to see any work that you are doing for selfish gain and to bring you back to serve Him with all you have. May your life reflect His glory, in Jesus name, amen!!
May you ask the Lord to search your heart and reveal any areas that when surrendered will bring Him such greater glory and you much joy! In Jesus name.
He loves you, may you love Him above all else !
“So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I ket my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil and this was my reward for all my toil. Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and ther was nothing to be gained under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 2:9-12