from my notebook

My head is full of thoughts, and I have to write them down.

Don’t Let The Revolution Be About "Me"

“O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary…” – Psalm 63:1 & 2

Unfortunately, many of us feel that way week after week upon leaving our local church services. We have longings and thirsts for the presence of God that require both alone time with Him and coming together with others to spend time in worship and teaching. We keep longing for the presence of God in the “sanctuary” but leave still thirsty.

Jim Cymbala writes in Fresh Power, “It is not enough to teach and preach about the Spirit. We must experience him personally in new depths, or we will accomplish little. Without the Holy Spirit there is no quickening of the Scripture. Worship is hollow. Preaching is mechanical, never piercing the heart. Conviction of sin is almost nonexistent. Faith is more mental that heartfelt. Prayer meetings fade away. Church meetings become routine. And Christian people stay lukewarm at best.”

Sound familiar? I hope not, but for many it does. It is this unsatisfied thirst that is causing more and more serious Christians to flee the traditional church and look elsewhere. While we have a responsiblity to find a place where we can both serve and grow spiritually, we must not jump ship without making sure it is God’s will. Sometimes God leaves us in a “dry and thirsty land” to bring about change, and sometimes He is testing us. He wants to know that we will praise Him and worship Him for who He is and what He has done no matter where we are, regardless of whether our needs are being met.

As you live out your part of the revolution, make sure your focus is always on Him, no matter the circumstances, and not on your desire for more of Him. Don’t let the revolution be about you.

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