114: At the heart of it

More. The very plague permeating our society and church. We aren’t satisfied with enough, so we request an addition.

More money.

More position.

More influence.

We ask for an abundance when we haven’t shown God we can be faithful in the moderate. We want the power without the pain, the title without the trial, the destination¬†without the discomfort. If we aren’t faithful stewards of what we’ve been given now, why do we ask for more?

James 4:3 says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” We crave the respect without the responsibility, the blessings without the battles.

I’m not saying this is our hearts in every single situation, but there are times where we assume that because what we ask is good, our motives are equally as good. But James exhorts us to do prayerful introspection. Is our own selfishness fueling our desires, or do we genuinely want that bonus, that promotion, that platform to bring honor and glory to the name of Jesus Christ?

What I want us to realize is our lives are not our own. As Christians we have made the decision to die to our own ways and live for Jesus, bearing our cross daily and following Him wherever He may call. Our prayers should be in accordance with His will, not with what we think His will should be.¬†And we don’t have to get all frazzled or caught up in the great question of “what is God’s will?” because He has made it perfectly clear in Scripture.

We can love our neighbor as ourselves, serve those around us, go into the world and make disciples, pursue unity of the believers, keep our bodies and thoughts pure, abstain from immorality, etc. God isn’t hiding His will from us. His plans for you as an individual will be found in your actively seeking His face above all else and surrendering your expectations at His feet.

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