My heart has been mulling this over. What area does the Lord want to do a new work in my heart? What work might appear initially to appear like it is subtracting, but in reality will add to my life?
Jesus put his finger on selfishness.
See, I can be the one who is so accommodating on the outside: run my kids here, do this for that person, not minding dropping everything to help that one, but sometimes the outside doesn’t match the inside. Inside, I am grumbling; resenting my time and energy that is being given up. Secretly, I think it is my right to feel this way; a weird side of me that doesn’t want to give up the way I feel.
But Jesus nailed me. He sees the outside and the inside. It is not enough for Him that I am doing it right on the outside; He wants the inside right too.
Yes, for His glory, but once again, His glory is also for mine.
Somehow I have convinced myself that others don’t see the attitude of selfishness in my heart; but it’s not true. It is impossible to hide sin; it always oozes.
So today, He calls me to captivate everything negative thought (2 Corinthians 10:5) that crosses my mind and not allow any negative word to escape my lips.
1 Peter 3:4 “Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” NIV
Lord, this seems so difficult, but I am ready for this “subtraction” so that you might add to my life today!