By nature the heart is full of selfishness. Even in the believer, his own salvation, work and happiness are often too much his only object. His work and service for Christ can become what He lives for, giving him fulfillment and satisfaction by what he can accomplish for God.
But, through abiding in Jesus, you come into contact with His infinite love. You see the beauty of love, and because of the love you experience, you are motivated to serve and minister. Through abiding, you understand that you are but the feeble instrument through which the hidden power of Christ does its work, that His strength may be perfected and made glorious in your weakness.
It is a great step when the believer fully consents to his own weakness, and the abiding consciousness of it, and so works faithfully on, fully assured that his Lord is working through him. He rejoices that the excellence of the power is of God, and not of us.
The great secret of abiding in Christ is the deep conviction that we are nothing, and He is everything.
- How much is your own salvation, work and happiness the object of your focus?
- What has been your experience of God’s love? Have you seen God’s love displayed in your life?
- How much does your experience of His love motivate your behavior? Is He everything to you?
Adapted from Abiding in Christ Chapter 20 – Andrew Murray