I read a book a couple years ago that caused me to think about the motives of my heart. That book was Driven By Eternity by John Bevere. I will never forget the experience of it. I would lie in bed at night reading and tears would stream down my face to my pillow. I was ashamed of my life and the realization that I had of “works”.
I’m just so thankful now that God intervened and didn’t allow me to keep walking in darkness.
This prayer (3 John 2) “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” reached all the way to me.
Im reading Dreaming WIth God, by Bill Johnson and here I am again being reminded of heart issues.
1.” What is ruling on the inside of us affects the outside. ” The bible tells us to guard our heart and it also says that out of it our mouth speaks.
2. “Changing the external without dealing with the heart is the way of religion. The push for miracles is the same. Trying to obtain a measure of Kingdom expression on the outside that is not manifest on the inside is the sign that the cruel taskmaster of religion is present.”
3. “The source of much burnout for Christians is pressure to produce on the outside what does not exist on the inside. It manifests in a works-oriented Gospel that tries to obtain favor though labor rather than working from the place of favor.”
Pushing is the word! Being pushed is another, hence the word taskmaster. I’ve been on this “works” kick for a while but it has taken me a while to recover! A few years ago I was trying so hard to measure up to man’s standards. I was struggling to find my identity by trying to appease man. There was so much in me that wanted to produce. I didn’t realize at the time I was in my “burnout” phase when I picked up that book by John Bevere. I was burned out from trying with wrong motives and I didn’t even realize it. God truly rescued me.
I had a life transformation take place when I realized that God was not a taskmaster, nor does he intend on any of us being taskmasters. If we are not careful as leaders and influencers in the body of Christ, we can find ourselves encouraging and even forcing “works” to be done by those that we are privileged to lead, but never planting the seed of truth behind the “works.” If our actions are not actions of the heart, and merely another task on the list of “what Christians do,” we have failed to see the big picture. Make sure what is on the inside is properly planted, and you will see real growth on the outside. If you think what people can see in the natural measures your faith, your praise, your motives, and the list goes on……try planting seed above ground. There will never be a harvest. Tough thought, but worth meditating on. Why do you do what you do?work