david santistevan

worship.leadership

The Outflow of Devotion

I’ve been thinking a lot about the outflow of our devotional lives. I’ve observed (in myself!) two very opposite attitudes that can result from the same great source of personal time with Jesus:

  1. Superiority & Judgementalism
  2. Broken-hearted humility

Contemplate two scenarios:

First: You just spent considerable time in prayer. The Word of God seemed to come ‘alive’ to your heart and you begin writing down all that God is showing you. You then begin to feel wise and important and begin thinking of all the people in your life who NEED to hear this. They are not living at their best and YOU have the answer.

Second: You just spent considerable time in prayer. The Word of God seemed to come ‘alive’ to your heart and you begin writing down all that God is showing you. You realize how unworthy you are to be hearing from God. You begin to thank Jesus for His saving work in you, the ‘chief of sinners’.

Same encounter, two very different outflows. The first approach makes you proud & judgemental. The second makes you humble and joy-filled at God’s grace in your life.

Allow the tone of your daily life to be marked by a humble joy. Marvel at the miracle of God’s saving work in you!

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May 5, 2009 - Posted by | Theology

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