“Mom, the dog won’t come! I think she has run away again.”
Uggg….This was MY time. Why should I have to take care of the dog? I never wanted her any way! These were the stinky thoughts in my brain last night at 9:30 p.m. After spending the day doing the “have to’s” I was enjoying a few minutes of “want to’s” and I didn’t want to be interrupted!
As I got up off the couch, my daughter asked, “What is wrong?”. She might as well have been the Holy Spirit Himself. What was wrong with me?
Do you ever suffer from the Me Syndrome. I sure do; often in fact. If it doesn’t help or benefit me, I really don’t want to do it! I guess that is why Galatians 5:13 jumped off the pages.
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” (NIV)
Ouch! That really hurt! Freedom is given so I can serve. Ok, Lord, so where do you do want to free me so I can serve? Here is the short list of what was downloaded to my heart in a mere two minutes of asking that question:
When I am free from ambition, I am free to serve with a joyful heart.
When I am free from selfishness, I am free from irritation.
When I am free from jealousy, I am free to rejoice in good things in the life of another.
When I am free from judgement, I am free to pray for others from a pure heart.
When I am free from expectation, I am free to enjoy whatever life brings.
When I am freed from controlling others, I am free to see God do the miraculous.
When I am truly free, I will see the Kingdom of God at work in my life.
Friends, I just cannot tell you how desperate I am to see the Kingdom of God come in my life in 2011. Desperate people take desperate measures. I have to pursue Him this year in an abandonment like never before. I have to; I want to be free…free of me.
Do you too want to be free? Free to find total and utter completion in Jesus? What steps will you need to take in 2011 to make that freedom a reality?