As we continue to press in toward the halfway point, we must choose to remember that Jesus is worth all that we have to give and so much more! Whatever you have chosen to fast, it is a pleasing offering to Him. We do it because we love Him and want to give Him even more worship in our very bodies. May you be reminded of Jesus’ worth. He is worth giving up our very lives that He may be exalted and glorified above every idol in the land.
Today, I want to challenge you and “spur you on toward love and even greater works.” Whatever level of devotion to The Lord you find yourself at this moment, Jesus deserves so much more. Too many times, we may look at the people around us and gauge our level spiritually. We are doing pretty well compared to Joe Shmoe over there. We have been praying, fasting and seeking The Lord in a special way for almost 3 weeks now. We must be doing pretty well. Personally, this is one of the areas that I have to constantly war against, spiritual pride and judgment.
In order that we do not think too highly of ourselves, remember Jesus’ story of the tax collector and the Pharisee. The Pharisee came boasting at all of his accomplishments and what he was doing for God, while the tax collector cried out for God’s mercy. Jesus says this about the tax collector:
Luke 18:13 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Let us never forget our place in The Kingdom. All of us must come to the feet of The cross; then we are “raised up together to be seated in heavenly places with Him.” He is worthy of more than I could ever give to Him. Our bodies, efforts, hearts and lives are poor in comparison to what He is worth; however, I gladly give all that I have.
We must never compare ourselves to other people and gain some sort of feeling of spiritual superiority. We are all humble creatures in need of Jesus. We should always have more that we desire to give. For God’s pleasure, I was designed to worship. May He forever receive even more worship from our lives.
In Luke 2, we find the story of a lady names Anna:
Luke 2:36-38 A prophetess named Anna was also in the temple court that day. She was from the Jewish tribe of Asher and the daughter of Phanuel. Anna was an aged widow who had been married only seven years before her husband passed away. After he died she chose to worship God in the temple continually. For the past eighty-four years she had been serving God with night-and-day prayer and fasting.
After being married for only 7 years, her husband died. She did not live in regret, grief, or anger at God. She gave deep devotion to The Lord and served night and day in the temple. She was seeking The Lord out of a pure humble heart for more than 84 years. What was her reward for all this? She got to see Jesus!!! Lord, let that be my reward. You are worth it to me!!!
You may be doing more than some, but there is always a deeper level of devotion. You can never make God do anything, but you must desire to see the deep secret places of God. Imagine the depths of the Lord that few have been able to reach because they cannot go the distance or give up the junk that is in the way. May this be the cry of your heart, “I will give up the junk in deep devotion to Jesus so that I may gain access to the deepest places with Him!”
Jesus, I want to see Your face. I desire to hear Your voice. I long for new revelations of Your love. You are the source from which all things flow. If I have to give up everything to see You, You are worth it! May this ever be the longing of my heart.
- Ask Holy Spirit to reveal and remove any spiritual pride
- Ask for revelation of Jesus’ worth
- Commit to a deeper level of devotion
- Obey whatever Holy Spirit speaks
Be blessed with new revelations of Jesus’ worth and the desire and ability to advance to deeper levels of devotion with Him. May you access the deepest place with Him that few have ever found!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!