We all want to be blessed. We all want bigger houses, better cars, and shinier things. But, at what point do we become less and Christ becomes more?
In motherhood and in life, the ridding of self process is a painful one. We all want certain pleasures in life- vacations, new adventures, social media followers, new clothes, and nails done. But, at what point do we stop and say, “Enough is enough, I lay my life down for Christ!” Is that not what Jesus did for us? His number one goal in life was to spread the Good News. Jesus was the Good News, and he preached the Word of God diligently.
How faithful are we to preach and teach the name of Jesus on a daily basis? For me, it is hit or miss. While there is grace in this regard, my prayer is that I would focus less on myself and more on helping others and making the name of Jesus known.
This life is not about ourselves. Motherhood teaches us the stark reality of this truth. Although it is not always pleasant, it must be our goal to honor the Lord and live selfless lives for Christ, making his name known.
Are we going to succeed every time? -By all means no. But if we can take baby steps that undo our self focus, and reposition the mirrors of our lives to reflect Jesus, then we are doing a progressive job. Glory to God.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3
Like the detangler spray that we use in our little girls’ hair, God’s Word can help us sort out our life’s priorities. We must strive to prioritize God’s Word, because it is the best product we have to help us become more Christ focused. Communication with the Lord has this same detangling effect. While there may be many things that entangle our lives, let us fight against these tangling tendencies by applying God’s Word and prayer to our daily lives.
What sin entangles you? For me, it is easy to get caught up in myself. Many times, I want to do things my way, for my glory. I worry about what others might think of me before fearing the Lord, and putting his opinion first. This makes me so sad. Whatever it is for you, let us come before the Lord with repentant hearts, ready to detangle our lives, and put Jesus first.
Forgive me of my sin. Reveal to me anything that is hindering me from running this race with all of my might. I want to live for you. Show me ways that I can live more diligently and faithfully for you alone Jesus. Amen