Living to Please God
I have recently been reading a book about believers in a country whose government tried to close the doors to Christianity. What struck me about this book was the pure passion and determination of these believers to share their faith with those around them. It was often dangerous for them as they could lose their lives, but they were so filled with the power of the Holy Spirit that they did not care what happened to their lives, they just wanted to share the love of Christ with everyone around them.
It got me thinking about my own walk with God, my own passion for the things of God and my convictions about my faith.
Where do they measure on the scale of the faith of the believers that I have just mentioned. I would love to say that I have that same burning passion all of the time coursing through my veins. I would love to tell you that I would gladly lay down my life in order for others to know Christ, but I would be a liar. Physical pain of any sort turns me into a baby and I just cannot focus on anything.
So what is the difference between my faith and theirs, yours and theirs? Why would they risk their lives, and the lives of their family in order to share the message of God’s love with those around them?
I believe we can find some clues to this in the bible. The first clue I believe is important is that they understand and know without a doubt that if their physical bodies have been destroyed, they have another waiting for them with God, it is not built by human hands but by God.
With that confidence, they truly can face their lives being taken from them, as they have a different confidence, one not found in their flesh, but found in God.
2Corinthians 5: 1
Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
The next clue I believe that we can look into is the fact that the bible says that those who belong to God, live by faith, and not by sight, in other words they live by a knowledge and belief in God and his promises to them. They don’t doubt his existence, or disregard his word, spoken through the bible. They believe it, because he spoke it. Therefore it is with that confidence in God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, that they are able to confidently share him with the people around them.
2Corinthians 5:7 – 10
We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
Are these promises only for those believers or are they for all of us? They are for all of us, God is not into exclusivity, what he promises (Eternal life, His Holy Spirit, abundant life, freedom from the power of death and sin, a personal and intimate relationship with Him, His wisdom and power, and many more) he makes available to everyone of us.
God wants to do this in your life as well, he wants to pour out his spirit into your life in a very real and personal way, he wants to let you experience all that he has for you, he wants to so fill you with his passion for the people around you, that no matter what the cost of sharing your faith, you would be willing.
Another clue that I believe that we need to look into is this, when God promised the believers that they would be filled with the Holy Spirit and his Power that is exactly what they got.
The Holy Spirit is the very spirit of God, living and working within us to enable us to do all that he has asked us to. The Holy Spirit comes with power, power to overcome sin, fear, hopelessness, feelings of abandonment and not being good enough. He enables us to truly do all that he asks us to do, even if it means laying down our very lives to share the good news of his great love with other people.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I don’t know where you are on your journey with the lord, but I do know that Jesus wants to flood you with his Holy Spirit power, he wants to fill you abundantly, in order that you will leave your old, sinful ways behind and instead desire his righteousness and love. He wants to transform your thinking and your heart in order that your priorities and desires would line up with his plans and purposes for your life. He wants you to carry with boldness, his message of love and reconciliation to all those around you.
If you have never asked him for a greater passion and infilling of his Holy Spirit, why not do it now? Pray this prayer with me, and as we seek him out together, I know that we will be amazed at all that he will do in and through us.
I come before you today and ask that you will fill me up with a fresh anointing of your Holy Spirit. I pray that you will give me a passion for you and your righteousness, I pray that you will fill me with your love for my fellow man and that I will possess your boldness to share your great love and mercy with the people I encounter in my daily life.
Father, let me not grow weary in doing good, as you promise in your word that in due season I will reap the reward of spending myself on behalf of others. Help me to be generous with my life as I pour more of you into them. I ask this all in Jesus precious name,