Sadly, it seems a lot of the people that I have the pleasure to meet on any given day are operating on empty. They appear to have missed-placed any passion, desire, and purpose they may have had for simply surviving the day. Their long faces supported by the smug look of “who cares” backed by an attitude of “what’s the point,” seem to announce that everything good, enjoyable, and worthwhile has been sucked right out of them. It soon becomes obvious that they are running on the fumes of a better time in their life. Many of them seem to be mad at the world and don’t know why. Their Joy is destroyed, their dreams have been murdered, and they simply feel no purpose for existence. All the while their human side is blaming all the wrong things for their predicament, to prevent being found as the problem. This allows them to remain blind to the true cause of their misery because knowing the truth would require them to wrestle with the thought of a complete turnaround in the way they think and we all know what humans think of personal change. We are being warned in 2 Corinthians 3:1 (NLT), Are we beginning to praise ourselves again? Are we like others, who need to bring you letters of recommendation, or who ask you to write such letters on their behalf? Surely not!
I am speaking from experience now because I’ve lived on all sides of that fence and even rode it for a few years. I had been introduced to Jesus all of my childhood years and knew He was the answer to everything but there was a strong calling inside of me to be my own man. So I went my own way and for everything good that happened something (called me) would always manage to destroy it. There was no peace within me, everything good that I did was to please someone else, and all the while I was being consumed by my mind through a continuous gnawing deep inside me. I used to joke and say I had a toothache in my heart, trying to hide my disgust, I didn’t know what it was or why I had it, I simply knew it was there and it hurt. Most of what I can remember about it was it made me very uncomfortable and that kept me overly irritable. I wouldn’t give the first bit of credence to 2 Corinthians 3:3 (NLT), Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among fierce. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts. God was writing His will for me on my heart and because of my fierce resistance, it came with pain, sleepless nights, and constant questioning.
My original title for this publication was Running on Empty but God had me change it to All In! He gave me this thought, The more I am all in for God, the more God I have to get out and I desire to pour Jesus over everyone He leads me to. I gave up running my own private army years ago and placed all that I have under the command of Jesus and He showed me where the battle had been won and that what I thought was the war was only my resistance flaring up to assume command which is not a big deal. It is our human nature to want what will hurt us, that’s why God has made it a sin. I live (survived) a long time in paragraph one perfecting every ounce of ill will that I had within because of my me-first attitude. But I’ve got to tell you, you haven’t experienced (lived) life until you put others ahead of yourself. It is so liberating, and rewarding as God pours His great pleasure over you like the finest honey, so warn, fragrant, and sweet. 2 Corinthians 3:16-17 (NLT), 16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Abba Father, I pray, Your words from 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT), So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord - who is the Spirit - makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. May we all find a daily passion of desire to be a little more like Him today than yesterday. Amen
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