Our Lord Jesus lived for one thing. He was consumed with doing the Father’s will and finishing the work which the Father had entrusted into His care. You could say that our Lord Jesus was “consumed with a cause!”
How about us today?
It has often been said, “What consumes you, controls you!” Everyone is consumed with someone or something. That which consumes us, controls us!
What are we consumed with, and controlled by today?
Like our Lord Jesus, the work God has called us to is for the glory of the Father (Matthew 5:16) and it’s for the good of others. We all have a calling, whether we choose to admit it or not. God’s calling will have something to do with delivering people, especially those who have little hope and little help, from a Christ-less eternity and the perils and pains of this world. God’s calling has very little to do with our comfort and our convenience! 🙂
Had a chance to talk to a young man last night who has been burdened, not only for the souls of men, women, and young people, but for their very lives. God is burdening his heart for the victims of sex-trafficking around the world.
Who or what has God burdened you about? What are you going to do about it?
One author wrote the following words:
I believe the motivating reason why millions of people choose to do good in the world around them is because there is something wrong in that world. In fact, there is something so wrong that they just can’t stand it. … Still today, what wrecks the heart of someone who loves God is often the very thing God wants to use to fire them up to do something that, under normal circumstances, they would never attempt to do. … And it all starts with you finding your holy discontent; it begins with you determining what it is that you just can’t stand!
Are we willing to humble ourselves and “work for God”? Are we willing to acknowledge Jesus as Lord and submit ourselves to His purpose and plan for our lives? Are we willing to recognize the burden that God has birthed in our heart has been for the fulfillment of His purpose? If we do so, not only will our hearts change, but our lives will change!