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Stepping Stones: God Wants Your Heart, Not Just Your Obedience

Stepping Stones: God Wants Your Heart, Not Just Your Obedience
July 11, 2010 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip

I made a lot of mistakes growing up. Not trusting God or applying His instruction manual (The Holy Bible), giving into peer pressure, lying, cutting corners, getting my value from other’s opinions, sexual sins, alcohol and drug use, car accidents, financial blunders, listening to my emotions, even committing aggravated assault.

Wow, God’s grace is so amazing…protecting me from so many more consequences than I actually did get. And allowing me to grow and minister to others. If you didn’t believe in miracles before, hopefully you do now.

I really want to save my 3 girls from the misery and frustration I experienced, and in my zealous and dogged instruction of decision-making skills, I sometimes forget the most important aspect. My girls and I really need and desire a strong relationship with each other. All my critiquing, judging, correcting, pushing, and demanding more and a higher standard, although from good intentions, got in the way of me being loving, caring, and soothing to them.

You see, without the relationship, all the education and pushing I do to help them be the one God desires of them, will be wasted energy. That is why Jesus died for us first, and then having a relationship with God allows us to absorb and apply His instruction. God doesn’t make us be obedient first and then decide to have a relationship with us based on our obedience level.

Glorifying and enjoying God, spending time with and growing in our relationship with Him should be the highest priority in your life. Maintaining a tidy, structured obedient life should be a secondary priority, not the lead priority.

Today, give up trying to keep everything under control and keeping everyone happy. These are impossible tasks and waste your precious energy. Focus on building relationships with God and others.

Prayer
Oh Father, I declare to You, my Lord, that glorifying You is a much higher priority than maintaining order in my life. I know if I focus on You, I will have the appropriate order. While I make this commitment to You, I do spend too much energy on keeping things under control. When I do this, I lose sight of You. I want my life to display the deep desire I have in my heart; to glorify You in carefree cheerfulness. I pray this in the name the one who was able relate and obey to You, Jesus Christ – and all God’s children say, AMEN!

The Truth
“Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:28-31

But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:40-42

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