Marla brought a book over to my desk yesterday, which was written in 1932, that she picked up from her grandmother’s house. The name of the book is Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret (pictured with previous cover). Here’s part of the quote that starts the book out, by E.M. Bounds:
Men are God’s method. The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods. The training of the Twelve was the great, difficult and enduring work of Christ. It is not great talents or great learning or great preachers that God needs.
In our current culture, we’re usually focused on how functional our programs are, how easy our website is to use, how pretty the building is that we meet in, or even how contemporary our style of worship is. We want to stand out, and we each want to be admired. That’s not what God is after, and I know I am failing. God is after people that want to talk and walk with Him ONLY. Individuals who praise Him, confess their sins, counting on His provision, and full of love for others. I might fit in there a little bit, but that isn’t how someone would define me if they had to.
I need to wake up and stop falling for the lie that everything IS new under the Sun. What a challenge not to get caught up in being new or being admired and respected. We might be important to God, but no more important than everyone else! Do you also struggle with letting your relationship with God be predominant over anything else that you are doing / being?
PRAYING for more of an attitude of prayer and personal reflection. PRAISING God for those who have come before us, and have lived the kind of lives we need to.