The Warning Against Desiring Spiritual Success
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"Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you..."(Luke 10:20).
Worldliness is not the trap that most endangers us as Christian workers; is it sin. The trap we fall into is extravagantly desiring spiritual success; that is, success measured by, and patterned after, the form set by this religious age in witch we now live. Never seek after anything other than the approval of God, and always be willing to go " outside the camp, bearing His reproach" (Hebrews 13:13). In Luke 10:20, Jesus told the desiples not to rejoice in successful service, and yet this seems to be the one thing most of us do rejoice. we have a commercialized view- we count how many souls we have safed sanctified, we thank God, and then we think everything is all right. Yet our work only begins where God's has laid the foundation. Our work is not to save souls, but to diciple them. Salvation and sanctification are tha work of God's sovereign grace, and our work as His deciples is to diciple others' lives until they are totally yielded to God. One life totally devoted to God is worth more to him than a houndred lives that have been simply awaken by His spirit. As a worker for God , we must reproduce our kind spiritually, and those lives will be God's testimony to us as His workers. God brings us up to a standard of life through His grace, and we are responsible for reproducing that same standard in others. Unless the worker lives a life that "is hidden with Crist in GOD" (Col. 3:3), he apt to become an irritating dictatorto others, instead of an active living disciple. Many of us ar dictators, dictating our disires to other and groups, But Jesus never dictatesto us in that way. Whenever our Lord talked about descipleship, he always prefaces His words with "If," never with the forceful or dogmatic statement "You must." Discipleship carries with it an option.