Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Magnificent Obsession

What are you obsessed with?  Some of us have several obsessions, but one of that I have is what I so love being a part of ... ministry.  I am obsessed with helping people, sharing hope and pushing people to seize their dreams.  Yet often the work will get in the way of the time I must spend with Jesus.

I began reading Craig Groeschel's new book "The Christian Atheist" where he talked about the same obsession I have.  Sometimes I act as if God isn't real when I say and believe that he is.  As I often have to do, I stopped to see that my time with Jesus is real and vibrant today.  I want to be more and more obsessed with my calling to be God's child than I am with the work I get to do.  Does that make sense?

Here is part of Steven Curtis Chapman's song "Magnificent Obsession"

So capture my heart again 
Take me to depths I've never been 
Into the riches of Your grace and Your mercy 
Return me to the cross 
And let me be completely lost 
In the wonder of the love 
That You've shown me 
Cut through these chains that tie
me down to so many lesser things 
Let all my dreams fall to the ground 
Until this one remains

You are everything I want 
And You are everything I need 
Lord, You are all my heart desires 
You are everything to me

Powerful truth.  Getting real with the people around me means that I have no choice but to get real with God.  I want more of Him.  I want to be more obsessed with Him.  Here is why: the closer I am to God, the more I will love Him, my family and the people I get to help.  

Deuteronomy 6:5 (NLT) --- And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.

Philippians 3:10 (NLT) --- I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death,

What are you obsessed with it?  Is it something that matters and will last past the time you are gone?  Or is your obsession something that amounts to not very much?  I pray we will find our magnificent obsession in God who loves us with all that He is.

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