Prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 NKJV
In order to fulfill God’s will for your life, you’ll have to deal with:
- What other people want you to be
- Your boss wanting you to be more productive
- Your health club wants you to be more fit
- Your credit card company wants you to be more in debt
- Your ego and personal ambitions driving you in the wrong direction
Seems like everybody has an agenda for you, and if you spend your life trying to meet their expectations you’ll never be free. Sometimes loving people means having to disappoint them. Seeking to become the person others want you to be is a shallow way to live. Nobody can tell you exactly how to change, because only God knows. Even you can’t tell yourself how to change, because you didn’t create yourself.
To love someone is to desire and work toward their becoming the best possible version of themselves. And the one person in the entire universe who’s qualified to do this is God. Unlike people, God has no hidden agenda or unmet needs He’s hoping you can help Him with. He knows what the best version of you look like. He delights in the very idea of it, and is already working to bring it to fruition in your life.
The Bible says, “In all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28 NIV). That means God is at work every moment to help you become His best version of you. And you’ll only be truly free when you make up your mind to be happy about being the person God meant you to be-the one He’s working on every day.
“They did not respond to correction.” Jeremiah 2:30 NIV
How do you respond to correction? Do you get offended when someone corrects you? Do you take the correction rendered to you as a form of rejection? Do you take a defensive stance when you are corrected? Do you shoot the bearer of correction by making sure he/she never say anything that corrects your behavior again? Do you possibly keep score against a person by making statements like, “In comparison to what I’ve accomplished in life, you have done nothing”, or do you give in to self pity and make others believe your life is so hard because others do not appreciate you or understand you?
Well, the truth of the matter is this…WE NEED PEOPLE TO BE HONEST WITH US AND TELL US THE TRUTH ABOUT OURSELVES!!!! Now I have that off my chest, let me explain. Our egos will blind us on a continual basis because our egos deal with “I” or self. When the Lord sends correction our way it is because He wants what is best for you and HE desires to get your focus shifted away from “self.” His willingness to correct you actually demonstrates how much He care about you and love you. “If you are not disciplined…you are illegitimate children and not true sons” (Hebrews 12:8 NIV). So check your spiritual birth certificate.
People who are open to correction generally exhibit these four qualities:
- Vulnerability. When they’re wrong they’re capable of admitting it-even before they’re confronted.
- Teachability. They’re willing to hear, quick to learn, and always open to counsel.
- Availability. They don’t try to avoid you.
- Honesty. They are committed to the truth regardless of how much it hurts.
You may say this is a high standard; you’re right! It’s a standard all those who possess pride within their heart’s will resist and the fragile egoist will run from. There is something in each of us that would rather look good than be good. So when God sends people into your life who love you enough to tell you the truth and level with you – be open and honest with them. Your personal growth and success depends on it.
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:5-10
The Word for You Today: January 27, 2015