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Friday, January 23, 2015

Am I Completely Claimed?

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind” (Philippians 1:2-3, NIV).

Paul's words stop me this morning. If I truly love Jesus, I complete His joy (thoroughly fulfill my purpose in this life) when I allow His love to direct all my actions. When I share my resources and show compassion to everyone–when, like Him, I become less so that others may become more–when I seek spiritual unity with my brothers and sisters in His love–when I allow His Spirit to work through me, I have made my walk in Him an all-or-nothing decision. He becomes my life's director, my life's purpose, and He claims my surrendered heart. What does my life show? Is it about me or about others? I don’t want to be a part of the “me” generation, but what I do reveals if my attitudes and actions are selfish or if I have put someone's needs above my own. Am I really united with Him in His love? These questions challenge me to examine my life–each moment, each thought, and each action to really see if Jesus is my reason for living.

Is He my anchor–the core of my very being? If He is my heartbeat, then His faith and His love within my heart have nowhere to go but outward. It cannot be inwardly directed or it will destroy me. If He has broken the selfishness of my heart so that I may be filled with His love, then how can I not want my heart to be broken for others? James was explicit when he penned that "faith without works in dead". Likewise, he lets me know that works without faith has little meaning. If I love Jesus, then my life is not about me. It is about the needs of others. My life should reveal the Savior who redeemed me and filled me with His love and promise. I should live His love in each moment, in each thought, and in each action. If He is my first love, then my life will show it.

He knows where I am, and the state of my heart–whether it is completely claimed or unclaimed. Am I ready to be truthful with Him? Am I ready to surrender my selfishness and pride out of love for Him? Am I ready to examine my motions and purpose? Am I ready to let go of my desires and realize that I am called to regard others better than myself? I want my life to speak peace in the midst of any turmoil. I want my life to be a catalyst of healing. I long to be the part of the body of Christ which brings beautiful unity to the whole. The only way I can become all that he wishes me to be is to give Him total control of my life. Today I want to be real with Him so that I can be real with others. I want to become His hands, His feet, His ears, His mouth, His eyes, and His heart.

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