For the Sake of the Glory
God wants to pour out His Glory in us and upon us. He wants us to lay hands on the sick and see them recover. He wants us to cast out demons and raise the dead. He wants us to have so much of His power flowing through our mortal flesh, that He can do signs and wonders through us. That is our destiny as sons and daughters of God.
But He cannot fully do what He desires until we are living sanctified, holy lives before Him, until He has our whole heart. He cannot do it until we surrender everything in our lives to Him and yield ourselves in total obedience to the promptings of His Spirit. He cannot pour upon us the full measure of His Glory until we so submit ourselves to Him that we can say as Jesus did, “I come to do thy will, O God.”
I’m telling you, God is going to have a people who say that to Him before Jesus returns. He is going to have people who so hunger after Him and His Glory, that they are willing to set aside anything in their lives that might hinder it. He is going to have people who have heard and heeded the words Jesus spoke to His first disciples: “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it” (Mark 8:34-35).
I have determined in my heart once and for all that I am going to be one of those people. I have determined that I will walk this road of holiness day by day so that the Glory can rest increasingly upon me. I have made up my mind that when I stand before the Lord Jesus, I will hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
It seems I see that day continually with the eyes of my heart. I know it’s coming, and because of that, I cannot give up. I cannot quit. I must keep on becoming progressively more and more separated unto the Lord.
I urge you to make that same commitment today. Don’t put it off another moment, for the time is very short. Jesus is surely coming soon. So bow your heart before the Lord and say:
“Lord Jesus, I yield everything I have and everything I am to You today. I determine in my heart to set my affection on things above, and by the energizing power of Your Spirit to keep my flesh crucified, laying aside every sin and weight that would hinder me. I set myself to do Your will, O God. I’m asking You, Lord, to enlighten my heart, to speak to me and tell me what changes I need to make in my life. I set myself now to hear and obey Your voice. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Speak the Word
I deny myself and take up my cross and follow Jesus. I lose my life for Jesus’ sake and for the sake of the gospel, and it shall be saved. (Mark 8:34-35)
Heiligschriftstudium: Matthew 25:14-30