"Teach me your way, Lord, and I will live by your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear your name." Psalm 86:11
Being a woman in Truth is difficult in this day and age. One thing we know is that to be grounded in the Truth of the Word of God is by far not the most popular thing because people simply want to live their truth. The Christian life is a life of freedom, but in order to be free, we must live a life of submission. So many people want to worship the idol of a “feel good” Jesus that is there to fulfill their needs and desires, when in fact, the Jesus of the Bible is far from that. The Jesus of the Bible is one that demands respect and reverence, all the while being fully God and complete and righteous love.
Who is the God we know? Is He a God we expect to fill all of our longings and desires? Is the God we worship a genie unto we place our own misguided expectations? I’ve been there before sisters, and it is a wrong place to be. Instead of an attitude of submission and worship, I’ve gone into worship looking to get my own needs fulfilled. I had it backwards. Do we go to Church, for example, so that we can get our “spiritual fill and satisfaction” for the week? Are we living a life of sacrifice and service? When we make Jesus Lord over our lives, He needs to be exactly that. When we live a life of worldly freedom centered on culturally self serving freedom, we find ourselves in bondage to self and sin.
What does service look like to you? Is Jesus truly Lord of your life? Do you allow conviction and the Word to address your sin, even when it hurts? We need to take inventory on our motivations and who God is to us. God is a good God full of love and life; let's give Him the respect and reverence He deserves each and every day. May He be Lord of our lives every minute of every day.
Father, forgive me when I have made an idol out of a lesser version of You. Forgive my failures and when I have looked only to gain something from You. Help me to be convicted of my sin and to realize the complete freedom in submission. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you examine your motivations this week.
About the Author
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.