I feel a caution, deep in my soul, to heed the words from Oswald Chambers today, that we are, “to be devoted to a Person, not to a cause.” (My Utmost for His Highest).
We are called to absolute devotion to Jesus Christ…He is to remain my hope, passion and my delight above all else.
Above ALL else.
And, with my prone-to-wander-heart, I know that even things like good causes, and ministry, and even family, can distract me from the Lord.
He alone is to be my satisfaction.
Only He can satisfy.
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)
Most of us have learned we can’t run to our jobs or material things to satisfy, but we need to caution ourselves to not pick up other things, that also can never satisfy, in their place.
Our ministries and our families are good things, but they were never meant to be our “first things”…the things we seek our ultimate joy or identity from, or the things we give our all to, while neglecting to delight in Jesus.
Anything or anyone that we tie our affections to, ahead of Jesus, will ultimately become an unhealthy idol for us.
Listen church girl, your ministry can become your idol.
Mom, your kids were never meant to be first place in your life while you neglect time with the Lord (and probably your husband as well).
In John 6, Jesus goes on to say, “Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” (V. 54).
What are you feeding on?
What do you run to?
Where is your focus?
Is your eye really on the prize, Who is Christ Jesus?
Or are you consumed by your ministry goals? Your kids? Your________?
Friend, I caution myself in this because I know I’ve unintentionally pushed away, and nearly destroyed, anything that I’ve ever tried to find satisfaction in more than I find it in Jesus.
That’s too much pressure to place on anything or anyone besides Him.
Check your heart. Keep Jesus first. Everything else will fall in it’s right place when you do.
When you love Jesus most, you serve and love others best.
Any good we will ever do will come from the overflow of our time with Him.
Oh friend, sit with Him. Keep your eyes on Him. Delight in Him.
Feast on Him!
There’s true satisfaction there. Great things come from there! ❤️
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I am in conflict. How does one know when enough is enough. What is considered enough prayer? When I pray, listen to services, listen to Christian radio station plus I get little done. Difficult to concentrate on work and what listening to.
Also, since Mom passed in 2020 and Covid occurred about same time I feel there is something missing in my life. Am retired and limits where may drive, no parents to help. I have been a caretaker for life-