Devotional 1st October 2019
‘We do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.’ 2 Corinthians 2:17
Do you know that you have been sent by God and that He’s entrusted His words to you to share with the people around you in your life?
How does that make you feel?
In Paul’s day, much like now, the general life ethos was on doing well, prospering and developing status and wealth.
The Word of God in all its transforming power could easily be used for the purpose of boosting an individual’s standing. So Paul challenged the new church to think through their motives in sharing God’s word. He told them to be like him and speak it with sincerity as men sent by God.
When we say someone is sincere we are referring to their honesty, genuineness, truthfulness and faith.
If we are going to go deeper in hearing God’s voice - as we shared in the last devotional, thinking how His voice can break through the very ordinary, almost incidental events of our daily lives, we need to ensure that our hearts are in the right place - love for Him rather than our own prestige. Seeking such prestige can be a very subtle thing, creeping up on us almost without us realising it. For example, as I’ve begun to write more I can find myself rather anxiously comparing my own output to that of other writers. I can focus more on matching up to them than on God. It’s easy for a new project to become tilted towards how good its going to make me look and so I forget why I’m really doing it, to glorify God and make Him known.
Sincerity…Truthfulness, genuineness and faith. . .
Do I really believe God is good and that He loves me and wants to speak to me? Will I listen to hear what He wants to say? Will I read His word with a sense of awe and wonder or flippantly use the bits that benefit me?
He wants to speak to encourage and build us up and to challenge us to step out in our faith.His Word is rich and powerful to change our lives, empower our prayers and equip us to reach out to others in the power of His love. The words that He speaks into our hearts through the Holy Spirit can be like dynamite, especially as we focus on Him and listen for what He wants to do through us.
I read a testimony today that someone had written to me of how they were deeply impacted by a prophetic word from one of my books. As I wrote that word I was convinced that it was truly from God and I felt full of awe at how He was drawing close through my writing. If I’d just planned to share prophetic sounding words in order to look good, I doubt the book would have helped anyone. But I genuinely believed He was with me in the writing and was speaking to me with divine knowledge to bring others to know Him.
I can swing like a pendulum from focusing more on my own status to sincerely believing that God has given me ears to hear His voice and wants to send me to reach out to others with His love.
I long more and more to be on the side of sincere, heartfelt belief.
Is that your longing too?
Prayer. Thank you loving Father that you never give up speaking to us and taking us deeper into the truths of your Word. Please cleanse my heart of all false motives and help me to receive your word and then share it with passion and sincerity, knowing that you have sent me and that’s all that matters.Amen.