Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Let His Hands Fill Us Every Day

When a person is born again in Jesus Christ, he/she needs to take a back seat in the vehicle of life and allow Jesus to "take the wheel" (as the lyrics of that familiar song goes).

The following devotional shows how important such a step is.

Unfortunately, people often let their "selves" get in the way. The pride of life often leads to selfishness. Take any topic you can think of, and I'm sure you could think of people who only appear to exude selfishness in the midst of it.

It is difficult not to be selfish. It is much harder to give of oneself in honor of God for what He has done for us, as well as for the sake of others.

The following devotional stresses the secret to overcoming selfishness. It also points out our need for Jesus Christ and how filling ourselves with the leading of the Holy Spirit enables Jesus to work through us.

After all, it's not about me. It's not about you. It's all about Him!



Tuesday, August 14
The Gloves Christ Wears

And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 13:52

Recommended Reading
Acts 2:1-4

Major Ian Thomas, the British evangelist, speaks of the powerlessness of a glove. If your glove is lying on the table, you can command it to do things all day, and it's helpless to obey. It just lies there uselessly. But when you fill the glove with your hand, that glove can do anything you can do. It can grasp a hammer, steer a car, shake a hand, or hold a Bible.

Christ doesn't want us to do something for Him; He wants to do something through us. To be effective in His service, we need to be filled with Him. The book of Acts repeatedly describes the early Christians as being filled with the Spirit. When the apostle Paul gave reports about his missionary activities, he always talked about what the Lord had done through Him.

When we labor in our own strength, we're just jousting with windmills. When we're filled with the Holy Spirit, it's as though Christ himself were ministering through us—which He is. We are His gloves, and we must let His hands fill us every day.

Godliness is not the consequence of your capacity to imitate God, but the consequence of His capacity to reproduce himself in you.
Major Ian Thomas

Jeremiah 51:1 - 52:34

HT: Turning Point online

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