Sunday, January 17, 2010

Day 17 - of 30 Days to a Simplier Life

Simply God

Today I'm going to take a break from the simple steps to health for a day to share my daily devotional for today because it was so in line with our 30 days to a Simplier Life.

I believe we make our relationship with God very complicated at times and that like many things in life it really is and needs to be "simple" So much of all our striving, serving in minstry and trying to figure out God's will for our life really comes down to our relationship with Him. spending time in His presence and our love and devotion to Him.

Jan 17: My Utmost for His Highest

The call of God is not a call to serve Him in any particular way. My contact with the nature of God will shape my understanding of His call and will help me realize what I truly desire to do for Him. The call of God is an expression of His nature; the service which results in my life is suited to me and is an expression of my nature. The call of the natural life was stated by the apostle Paul— "When it pleased God . . . to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him [that is, purely and solemnly express Him] among the Gentiles . . . ."

Service is the overflow which pours from a life filled with love and devotion. But strictly speaking, there is no call to that. Service is what I bring to the relationship and is the reflection of my identification with the nature of God. Service becomes a natural part of my life. God brings me into the proper relationship with Himself so that I can understand His call, and then I serve Him on my own out of a motivation of absolute love. Service to God is the deliberate love-gift of a nature that has heard the call of God. Service is an expression of my nature, and God’s call is an expression of His nature. Therefore, when I receive His nature and hear His call, His divine voice resounds throughout His nature and mine and the two become one in service. The Son of God reveals Himself in me, and out of devotion to Him service becomes my everyday way of life.

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