Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Are You Needy?

Are you desperate? Are you needy? Most of us would thankfully say “no,” but I’m not talking about your physical well-being. I want to know if you are desperate for the Spirit of God to work in your life. Are you desperate to see God do something mighty here in your life and in the life of our church? Do you recognize just how needy you are for the filling of his Spirit?
We are in desperate need of God’s Spirit in our lives every day, whether we know it or not. Sure, we all say that we want to see God work, but are you so desperate to see God work that you are seeking God and his direction for your life and for our church? Are you spending time in prayer and in the Word of God seeking his face? Do your actions show desperation or stagnation, longing for God’s work or distraction by the world?
John the Baptist once said of Jesus, “He must increase and I must decrease.” That is the attitude that we need to have about our Christian lives. We should be more concerned with God receiving the glory due to him than we are with personal recognition, financial gain, or even growing numerically in our church. God is worthy of all praise and adoration, and our primary task as Christians is to see his name glorified in all the earth. We can begin by working to see his name glorified right here in Camden. Our individual lives and our corporate life as a church should focus primarily on seeing God glorified.
Our church has seen many wonderful things take place in the past several months, but we must always be careful to seek God desperately. It is possible to be “successful” in the eyes of many people as a church without urgently seeking the Lord and bringing glory to his name, but it is not God-honoring. As God blesses us, let us always be certain to seek him on our knees and through our deeds and to give him all the glory and honor that rightly belongs to him.

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