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August 8, 2016, 8:04 PM

It is really not about me

On occasion in our worship services we sing a hymn with a line in the song that says "when I gave all trying over, simply trusting, I was blessed".  We sing another hymn written by our own "poet" that says "Lean upon the Savior, tell him all your cares, for he's ever mindful how his children fair".  Another hymn says "trust and obey, for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey".

Our world is increasingly 'all about me'.  Increasing automation means companies can give personal, customized services (nothing wrong with that)..... but the me centered world sneaks in before we realize it.  As an example, most recent Christmas cards seem to have pictures of the senders more than the birth of Christ.  Do I go to church hoping for a blessing more than hoping to bring a blessing?  Do I seek to be encouraged vs. encouraging someone else?

There is a "release" that comes from giving one’s heart and life up and letting Jesus sanctify our soul and dwell in our hearts and lives.  'Obey' is not about me.  Just to help guide us more, Saul was told that "obedience is better than sacrifice". 

Your words may have been different than mine, but I promised the Lord…I'll go where you want me to go, I'll say what you want me to say, I'll do what you want me to do before I received the blessing that through faith, His Spirit is in my heart and I am sanctified. 

Unless I "take back" some of what I laid on the alter to be sanctified, it’s not about me.  The master of the wind and sea can easily calm the storms in my life; "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him".  So after I've done my part, the challenge is trusting him to take care of me and focusing on how to encourage and prosper His kingdom.  Let us "walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love".

Bro. David Cosby  


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