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Committed To Christ Or Ourselves?

November 8, 2018

“If we value our satisfaction in Christ more than Christ Himself, we remain committed to ourselves and not Christ. We may think we’re committed to Him, and in a sense we are – but only as a means to an end. The end is not Christ’s glory; the end is our satisfaction.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, The Papa Prayer, Chapter 8, “Stay at Home with Christ,” pg 57

Questions for Reflection:
• If you stop to consider recent conversations you’ve had with God, what has motivated you when you come to Him?
• Are you approaching Him for His pleasure and glory or to gain something from Him?
• When you acknowledge your need to Him, is it from a place of rest in His love for you or an attempt to convince Him to do what you think is good?
• Whatever your motivation has been lately in coming to Him, honestly offering your heart to God and seeking His face, for His pleasure, is your opportunity in this moment.

One Comment
  1. Amber permalink

    I know these are more rhetorical questions than “Type your answer” questions, but as I thought about my most recent conversation as I’m starting to learn to pray more and better, I realized that praying for his glory leads naturally to my satisfaction. I can’t remember who it was I read recently (It seems like it may have been Andy Stanley’s Deep and Wide quoting C.S. but I might be wrong) that one well-known figure was asked, “What should I pray for?” He answered something like “Pray for what everyone else prays for. Pray for happiness, but through the route of God’s glory, so that your will will be satisfied in his will.” The two end up being one and the same if you can accomplish this. Of course it’s never achieved perfectly in this life, but it’s a good goal to reach for in prayer.

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