Many of us live with our cups only half full because we have given God only half our heart. Why are we afraid to do this?
We often have a wrong image of God. That’s why we fear His plan.
How we think of Him will always be the filter for our first emotional reaction. Unfortunately, when we think God is asking us to give up something (our private throne room) we conclude the worst. We forget that he gave up his own Son for us.
So we react badly. Often our first reaction is: “God knows I can’t do that, He is setting me up for failure. Why would God want that? That is so difficult. That doesn’t seem like fun. He’s a kill joy.”
If we don’t know our God’s heart for us, we will project our selfish hearts as His. If God’s love is what He says, God could never ask us for something that was not for our highest good.
God is looking into an absolute law that requires Him to only seek our good. So when God wants our hearts to have Jesus as the centerpiece, it’s not to make us less joyous, but more joyous … not to make us less satisfied, but more satisfied … not to make us less fulfilled, but more fulfilled.
Think with me. God knows the beginning and the end. He knows the blessings He wants to give us when we say yes to Him and the consequences when we say no. He has all the power and authority in Heaven and earth.
If every CEO, president, boss, general, and manager are under His feet, can’t we find many good reasons to offer our heart to Him? Look at what he says in Matthew 10:39:
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
How can my Lord say something like that unless He intends to pour out His marvelous blessings and presence upon us?
But to this we must respond, “Lord, my heart is for your pleasure.” Jesus certainly understood this when He prayed the words, “Not what I will, Father, but what you will.”
Lord Jesus, thank You for following the will of the Father and making your heart like the Father’s heart!
Because He gave His life, we may now live. As we reflect on this Holy Week, let’s take a chance on believing that whatever God is asking us to do is not only for His great pleasure but also for our best interest.
John Maisel, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of East-West Ministries International, resides in Dallas, Texas. He has authored books such as Is Jesus God? and Radical Trust that challenge all people to radically rely on Jesus Christ.
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