Why?

I find that if there are too many voices in my life I have trouble hearing the One voice that matters above all else.

I am moving into this new year, with much anticipation and zeal, and I am hearing God say slooooow down.  So here I am, ready to start doing. Listening, looking, leaning forward into every possible opportunity to begin this life of doing by being. And God is very clearly saying, 'Stop, sit down, sit still and listen. Listen carefully to Me.' Do the gospel?

This is not at all how I had envisioned this exciting year starting off. But alas, as if so often the case between me and God, His ways are not my ways.  

He is LEADING ME TO CONCENTRATE MORE COMPLETELY AND MORE FULLY ON HIM RIGHT NOW.

This He gave to me this morning:

Not everyone who calls out to Me, 'Lord! Lord!' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually 'do' the will of My Father in Heaven will enter. On judgement day many will say to Me, 'Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.' But I will reply, 'I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who break God's laws.' Matthew 7:21-23

Ummmmm....... That isn't really a very comfortable verse. What is He saying here? I want to be among those He says 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherent the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world..........'  Matthew 25:34-40

The preceding verses talk about fruit and bearing fruit relative to the essence of who we are. Not who we claim to be. Not who we allow people to see. But who we really are and the fruit that follows. Good tree/goodfruit or bad tree/bad fruit. Matthew 7:15-20

Ok.........

The verses that follow relate to where we are putting our confidence, and our hope. Essentially what or whom are we trusting? And the proof of that being in the lives we are living. Basically more fruit. So we've got all of these verses talking about doing by being .  Matthew 7:24-27

I feel like Jesus is getting really personal and exposing my nakedness.

Don't get me wrong, I am totally a sinner saved by grace. I know my rightousness is not based on me, but on the finished work of Christ.

I think the real question here is why am I doing? And that is what I will leave you with today. Why? What are our motives? Lets be honest.

In love and grace,

Renee

p.s. I have decided to take ' The Joy Dare ' this year. You can learn about it here. I invite you to join me and many other women as we count the many blessings God showers on us daily.

Today is day one for me:

Thank You Lord God for:

1. This wonderful peace that settles over my heart when I pray when I am flying in Southeast Alaska. A reminder of You delivering me from a horrible fear that used to overwhelm my body whenever I was in a plane. (If you have ever flown in S.E. Alaska, you probably know what I'm talking about.) 

2. The smell of the wood stove permeating my home after being filled for the night and my own bed to sleep in. Thank You Lord.

3. Ruth,  her smile and her belly deep laugh, 10 years old today. Thank You.

4. New friends and the hopeful expectation of new relationships in Christ.

5. Thank You Lord for the wonder of Your timing.

6. My life in You.

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