a call to die – day 19: “God-and”

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 11:3

Today’s lesson is one of those that has just about every word underlined, starred, or highlighted.  Yes, it’s that deep.

Deep, as in it touched the deep crevices of my heart.

Nasser starts today’s lesson by saying, “We are incredibly self-centered people.”  It’s all about our wants, needs, goals, dreams, time, and everything else.  It’s about wanting to have both God-And!  Both God – and all the things I want.  True, I am a selfish person.  I want what I want but God is working on removing that mindset from my heart and brain.  {And it’s not easy – on my part.}

However, God does want to give us what we want – He does want to bless us.  However, when we use Him to get those things {God-And} – that’s not going to work.  Being blessed with things, whether it’s money, a house, a nice career, beautiful well-behaved children {ok so I’m thinking aloud} is not a bad thing.  It’s “when those blessings climb up to the center of our hearts and compete with Jesus for our affections” (Nasser, day 19).

How can we tell if these things are a problem?  Nasser proposes we ask ourselves four questions:

  • What do we pray about?
  • How do we respond when someone has more than we do?
  • Do we get angry when God doesn’t give us what we want?
  • Do we feel sorry for ourselves when God doesn’t come through the way we wanted?

Nasser also cautions believers who have walked with God for a while suggesting that there is a more subtle ‘God-And’ problem.  It’s one where believers “sometimes confuse devotion to Christ with Christian disciplines of prayer, Bible Study, serving, and giving.”  He reminds us that “Christ” is the one who saves us, not prayer, bible study, serving, or giving.  These things are meant to draw us closer to Jesus, not be a replacement for Him (Nasser, day 19).

Therefore, what are we to do?  “Look for Jesus,” Nasser says.  Look for Him while reading His Word; listen for Him while praying.  When worshiping, worship to Him, not for others.  Serve as unto the Lord.

As I said, today’s lesson is a deep one – one that can impact one’s life, if you let it.

My question is – are you going to let it?

Until tomorrow, Focus on Looking and Listening for Jesus and continue to memorize Psalm 115:1, 17-18.

Following 2 Serve – Love, {Lorna}


About Follow 2 Serve {Lorna}

I am a follower of Christ and I love to serve Him. I am married with two sons. I received my Liberal Arts Associate Degree in May of 2012. My hobbies are reading, crocheting, quilting, knitting, nature photography, and being with my sons.
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2 Responses to a call to die – day 19: “God-and”

  1. Dianne says:

    We must listen to God, he has our whole life already planned. We must always remember this, if things are not going right, that is just a road block. He will test us to see how we handle things. Pray with a open heart and thank God every day. Give all the Glory to God.

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