God deserves your best
Our second best is simply not good enough for God. He gave us His best: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (Joh 3:16)
If you place God at the bottom of your list of priorities, you shouldn’t be surprised if your life turns out to be ineffective and superficial. If you are giving Him only the leftovers of your love, time, treasures and talents; then you cannot be upset when the blessings you receive are in equal proportion with what you offered. To offer anything less than your best to God, implies that there are other matters that are more important to you than Him.
Remember, our God is a jealous God. Consider your relationship with your loved ones, and ask yourself how you would feel if you knew that you were giving your best to them, but they weren’t offering the same courtesy to you.
However when you do give Him your best, you will experience unprecedented growth in your spiritual life. God has a word of encouragement for you, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Mat 6:33)
Your desire to get to know Him better and love Him will grow daily. You will soon find that you are yearning for Him and fellowship with Him. This is evidence that you are growing towards spiritual maturity. This growth holds practical consequences for you, because you will apply the teachings of Christ in your life and seek His guidance in everything. For this He gave you His Spirit to guide you, as well as prayer, His Word and fellowship with other believers.
Take some time to look back at your life and all the miracles and wonders God did in your life. Now consider the fact that you were still an infant when He did all of those things for you. Now imagine if you will what is possible for Him to do for you when you have reached spiritual maturity. However you will find that when you do reach spiritual maturity, it won’t matter to you what He can do for you, but what you can do for Him.
The ultimate goal is to be conformed to the image of Christ by the strength of his Spirit, “In the same way, the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself intercedes with groans too deep for words, (27) and the one who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, for the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to God's will. (28) And we know that he works all things together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. (29) For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (30) And those whom he predestined, he also called; and those whom he called, he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. (31) What, then, can we say about all of this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:26-31)
Christ gives you His Spirit and it is your duty to display Him in your life and everything you do. Remember you are an ambassador or representative of the Kingdom of God at all times, and you might be the only Bible some people ever read. When He is present in your life He will shine forth from you onto others. Your aspiration should be to be the best you can possibly be for Him!
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