" Worldliness is not the trap that most endangers us as Christian workers; nor is it sin. The trap we fall into is extravagantly desiring spiritual success; that is, success measured by, and patterned after, the form set by this religious age in which we now live. Never seek after anything other than the approval of God, and always be willing to go “outside the camp, bearing His reproach” (Hebrews 13:13 ). In Luke 10:20 , Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice in successful service, and yet this seems to be the one thing in which most of us do rejoice. We have a commercialized view— we count how many souls have been saved and sanctified, we thank God, and then we think everything is all right.
Yet our work only begins where God’s grace has laid the foundation. Our work is not to save souls, but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the work of God’s sovereign grace, and our work as His disciples is to disciple others’ lives until they are totally yielded to God. One life totally devoted to God is of more value to Him than one hundred lives which have been simply awakened by His Spirit. As workers for God, we must reproduce our own kind spiritually, and those lives will be God’s testimony to us as His workers. God brings us up to a standard of life through His grace, and we are responsible for reproducing that same standard in others.
Unless the worker lives a life that “is hidden with Christ in God” ( Colossians 3:3 ), he is apt to become an irritating dictator to others, instead of an active, living disciple. Many of us are dictators, dictating our desires to individuals and to groups. But Jesus never dictates to us in that way. Whenever our Lord talked about discipleship, He always prefaced His words with an “if,” never with the forceful or dogmatic statement— “You must.” Discipleship carries with it an option." -Oswald Chambers
I pray right now that I would live low....in a place of humility and surrender. Break of in me the pride that makes me want to live for exaltation . I don't want to be useless to your kingdom by constantly allowing my motivation be for personal gain. I want to be hidden in your rock. I want to be holy as your are holy...righteous as you are righteous....blameless...spotless....pure. Renew in me a right spirit...one of meekness and lowliness. Give me clean hands and a pure heart. I want to be a blessing to people and to show them your love and salvation....but I never want to be pious or greedy about it. Teach me your way...I want to walk in your truth. Make me more like you. And I pray for every person that reads this...do the same for them. And if they don't know you...I pray father that they would know your love and its beautiful mercy, joy and peace. I ask for salvation for them...show them your heart towards them. And for those of us who do know you...make us forever humbled in your presence. Pour out your spirit so we may tremble in its wake. Praise you father. You are worthy. You are holy. You are awesome.
In Jesus Name I pray,