Friday, September 3, 2010

Are We Seeking JESUS...or just Relief?

The Apostle Paul was imprisoned yet sought opportunities for ministry, not freedom. He didn't seek relief from suffering, he sought the Lord.

COLOSSIANS 2:4-6 — Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

1 PETER 3:15-17 — But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

Lord Jesus, helps us to seek you first. We want to know you more and make you more known. We confess that, so often, we are more interested in asking you to make us more comfortable rather than more powerful and effective. We want to bring the hope and LIFE of the Gospel to others. Please help us. Let our devotion to you flow out of gratitude not obligation. Help us to trust in your nearness and remember your faithfulness with such joy that our lives SPILL OUT Christ! —AMEN

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