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Organizing the Inside – Day 271 A Love For The Things Of God

“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’Matthew 25:23 (NLT)

What does it mean to have a love for the things of God?  Let’s say I was planning a trip to Europe and was scheduled to be abroad for six months? While on this trip I couldn’t take anything with me. I had to entrust the things I valued most to my closest friend. If that friend loves me, they are going to take care of my things; especially those things that are important to me. Additionally the things that are associated with my name are also going to be important to my friend and need to be looked after. The important things would primarily be my family, but especially my children.  Perhaps, I’d want my friend to take care of my ministry and those things that I have labored to support, like my garden, or home. I would likely want to have my bills paid, as this would also protect my good name and reputation. My friend would take care of any special commitments that I’ve made to others, and even look after my pets.

How does one know if they have a love for the things of God?
Such a simple and uncomplicated question, yet discovering the truth may not be that simple. Part of the evidence of your love for God is proven by the way you care for those things that are important to Him. Only you and God really know the truth, your heart will guide you and the Holy Spirit will strengthen you to make the right choices as your love for God grows even stronger.

1. Ask yourself do you care for the Body of Christ? Do you love the brethren? The “Body of Christ” which is the church; the children of God are near and dear to God’s heart. A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep. John 21:17 (NLT) If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?  1 John 4:20 (NLT)

2. Do you know where your loyalties lie?  “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” Luke 16:13 (NIV)

3. Do you love the things of the world? You really can’t love God and the things of God if you love the things of the world. Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 1 John 2:15 (NLT)

4. Have you torn down the idols in your life? God wants to take you into the land that He has promised. Is there an accursed thing that can be found in your midst? Consider this, do you have old ungodly music, DVDs, books, etc. that you are holding on to? These represent those things that unbelievers cling to; these are idols and as Christians who love and care for the things of God we must remove them from among our own possessions. Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff. Joshua 7:11 (KJV) Think about all your choices and if there is anything you have allowed to become more important to you than God.

5. Do you care for the physical things of God like the environment, the animals and your own body? A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel. Proverbs 12:10 (NIV) Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20

6. Are you cheerful about obeying God’s Word? Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”  John 14:21 (NLT) Is it a difficult chore to do what is right? For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 1 John 5:3 (KJV)

7. Is your hope and glory eternal? To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life: Romans 2:7 (KJV)

Organizing the Inside – Day 247 Instead, Consider What’s Internal

14As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. 15It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. 16May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God. Galatians 6:14-16 (NLT)

Do you dress up particularly nice on your days off?
Do you wear high heels and your best high fashion dress when you aren’t going out? Do you style your hair and put on a full face of make up on your day off or when you plan to just hang around the house and work in the garden?  The fashion industry is a multi-billion dollar industry in great part because of women. We are the glory of man, and there is nothing wrong with dressing up that glory. Especially as women we do however have tendencies to check out what other women are wearing, their hair and shoes too. Admit it, we all do it. How many times have you said, “Oh, girl I like that skirt, where did you get it?” 

Be careful not to judge each other based upon the outward appearance.
Certainly there is a something more to consider, appropriateness. We wouldn’t show up for a business meeting in pajamas and hair curlers. Beyond what’s appropriate we must be mindful not to judge each other based upon some preconceived notion about fashion or style. That’s what people in the world do, and if we aren’t careful we could fall into that same trap, and as a result treat people based upon way they look.

The flesh would love to dictate your life.
Each time you make an attempt to bring your flesh under subjection to the Word of God it begins to squirm.  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. Romans 7:18 (KJV) It resists the Word and the Spirit which is why crucifying it daily is so important. If we didn’t crucify the flesh it would take us off track regularly. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 1 John 2:16 (NLT) What counts to God should also count to us. How we view each other must be based upon what’s pleasing to the Lord. Not judging someone a certain way because of the length of her skirt, or because of how expensive her red bottom pumps are, is what the Word of God teaches.

What counts is what’s on the inside.
Surely God doesn’t want His daughter looking like a train wreck either. When it really comes down to what’s important, God looks at our hearts. You are looking only on the surface of things. If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ, he should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as he. 2 Corinthians 10:7 (NIV)

Let’s not get caught up.
Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 1 Peter 3:3, 4 (NLT) How easy it is to get caught up in external things? As Christian sisters we must go further and take a deeper look at the things of God. It’s not enough to outwardly live a good life (that’s just having a form of godliness) we must allow God to transform our hearts and minds by the power of His Holy Spirit. If we glory in anything let it be about what Christ did. If we are mindful of anything, let it be about the work that God wants to happen on the inside.

Organizing the Inside – Day 209 His Grace Is So Amazing!

22This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:22-24 (NIV)

Can a product hold more potential than the source from which it is derived?
I suspect not, particularly when the product doesn’t contain the source as a primary component. Although Jesus said we would do even greater works than He did, our potential could never surpass that of an omnipotent God.  Nevertheless if we would dare approach His plan for our lives with one small fraction of the love and commitment that Christ did, the results would be phenomenal. During my most recent trip to New York, I considered great structures like the Brooklyn Bridge or the Empire State Building and realize that many of these things were done by men who were without God. Surely God is the giver of all life, and energy, but many men have gone on to do some pretty spectacular things without having a committed relationship with Him – I’m sure you’d agree. If so many physical structures can be built apart from the inner working of the Holy Spirit, can you imagine what kind of results man could have when working with God’s supernatural power? With God’s power, purpose and potential at work on the inside, instructing, directing, and perfecting us in spiritual matters the possibilities are immeasurable.

When Christians agree in love, and unity God’s products are produced.
To be in Christ is not just something to aspire to become one day. It’s about yielding to the Spirit of God to use you any way He chooses. What a great dispensation of GRACE. NO matter what we’ve done wrong, we can find forgiveness and honor in Christ. No matter how many times we mess up or feel like to giving up, God’s love and compassion toward us never dies.  It is only by being connected with Christ that we can really help build His church. Can a man lead someone to Christ when he is walking in darkness? How effective can we be when it comes to sharing things of eternal value if our own eternity has yet to be secured by grace through faith? Making a difference where it really matters can only happen when we work together in the unity of love, and fellowship with Him.

Want to improve your productivity?
Then work on improving your acceptance of God’s grace. It will give you the encouragement you need to realize your goals can be reached. He made us worthy and gave us the ability to bear much fruit, and not just any fruit, but fruit that endures. As long as we acknowledge our total reliance upon the grace of God, we’ll make great strides in touching the hearts and lives of others. Yes, God bestows upon us favor that enables us to become fishers of men.