“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling…”
Lately I have often found myself thinking thoughts such as “I need to develop greater discipline in my life so that if it is God’s will for me, I can be a better wife and mother in the future.” Or thoughts such as “I need to start interceding more so that the souls of the kids at our youth group may be saved.” While these two thoughts in and of themselves are great, it just seems as though my motivation has been a little bit off. The motive behind why I do what I do should not simply be for the benefit of people but ultimately for the glory of God.
I have really been learning in my life lately that it is very possible to be doing all of the right things and yet have it all wrong.
So easily we get caught up in ministry opportunities, raising godly families, and all of the other beautiful and great things that present themselves in the Christian life. As we get caught up in doing all of this great “stuff” we forget what is truly important: our first love.
More than God desires to use us, He desires to know us.
The ultimate reason for our existence is to know God intimately and personally. As we do the things that God has called us to do we must never forget this. It is so easy to care so much about the souls of others that we lose focus of the condition of our own.
Our salvation is of the upmost importance to God and honestly, in order for us to even be able do any of the great “stuff” well, our salvation must also be of the upmost importance to us. Daily seek to know God more than you did yesterday. Make growing closer to God the greatest priority in your life.
Put yourself first.