Monday, March 28, 2011

it's not about me

I sit on my back patio and close my eyes. The cool and crisp morning breeze delivers a fresh smelling fragrance that is comforting to my spirit. The quiet is broken only by the occasional sounds of nature. The sweet songs of birds communicating with one another ushers in peace.

I love this time with God. I enjoy gazing all around at His creation and then digging into the Holy Word while surrounded by the awesome evidence of a Holy Creator. He is so amazing.

My heart is still so full of the powerful messages delivered during our revival services. Messages straight from God's heart to the lips of His servant and then right into the hungry souls of man. Delivered deep down into the very depths of my spirit.

So much truth. So much power. Just so much....

My heart was sorely convicted. My spirit was joyously renewed. My fervor for the Word re-energized. So many people to reach. So many lives to touch. So little time to do it.

Too much worry about the temporal and not near enough concern about the eternal. Help me, Lord. Too much focus on fleshly enjoyment and not near enough on spiritual growth and satisfaction.

Therein lies the deep hole in our gospel and in our faith. We get burdened for the lost. We get convicted of our sin. But we fail to do anything about it. We have got to be moved by it. We have got to be stirred into action. We have got to be doers of the Word and not just hearers only. (James 1:22)

It's about obedience to God. It's about a glorious faith that leads to works. It's about service. It's about surrender. Christ beckons to us, His followers, to be His hands and feet in a lost and dying world. Will we answer the call?

"God never asks us to give what we do not have,
but He cannot use what we will not give."
(Richard Stearns)
You see, it's not about us. It's not about this world and the things of this world. It's not about bigger houses, better cars or more stuff. It's all about Jesus. It's about bringing a living Savior to a lost people.

Lord, continue to convict my heart of my selfishness and help me to be selfless for You. Continue to stir my heart into seeking what you are teaching me and help me to be willing to go where you are leading me. I want to be about Your business. I want to put You first. I want to be surrendered to You in all things and for all time. I love you, Lord, and I worship you with all that is in me...


Andrea said...

AMEN! I needed this badly, today! THANK YOU!!

Tammi said...

Amen! Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog. ..for I know that God has directed our steps. What a blessing your thoughts and prayer have been to me this very day.

In Christ,

A multi-dimensional life said...

Thank your for sharing your gift and this powerful word with the world today!

NanaNor's said...

Dearest Beth, This post echoes what has been on my heart lately. In fact, last night as I was driving to and from church, I had "Hungry" on my c.d. and kept playing it again and again.
Wish you were closer so we could join in worship together.
Going to write you today.
Love you sis.

Elizabethd said...

Your words are always inspirational, Beth. It is so easy to be hearers rather than do-ers.

Wanda said...

Reading your words both convicts and stirs one to be about the Father's business. May the flames for Christ continue to burn.

Barbara said...

Amen, nothing like that alone time with God, hugs my friend, Barbara

Yaya Yarns said...

A burning desire and hunger for His Word, isn't it awesome!!! Love ya sister!!

Pia said...

your words are so beautiful, so inspiring. i felt so much peace reading your post. true, it's not about us, it's all about Him. God bless you, beth.

Warren Baldwin said...

As always, excellent post. It's not enough to know the Word, we must actively respond to it. Good job.

Note: I sent you two recordings today on "My Husband Can't Communicate" but we are having trouble with our email, so I don't know if you'll get them. wb

Faith Imagined said...

Oh this is so beautiful! It would be perfect for the next ST Publication themed summer! Do you think we could use it?