Monday, January 24, 2011

Standing Before God

The other day, I was having an 'encouragement' talk with one of my girls.  She was struggling with something and I need to help her find a new way to think the situation through.  The old one was corkscrewing her into the ground.  You know the type.  I get a bee in my bonnet and off I go corkscrewing myself into the ground.  I just want to stop, but the bee just keeps buzzing in my bonnet.  I can hear it, but I can't find it!

So there we were talking about how it all started.  I asked her some questions to help her see how our heart's will devise a plan without us really be aware of it.  I could refer back to my bonnet, but I think you get the picture!  This is where I must be the most diligent in my own thinking.   Proverbs 4:23 'Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life.'

Our discussion was sweet and personal.  I shared my own struggles in this area and I won her conversation for it. 

As the conversation progressed, I realized a position in my thinking I hadn't really considered.  We were talking about what motivates the heart to do what is pleasing in the sight of the Lord.  We covered hiding His word in our hearts that we might not sin against Him, looking to the work He freely did for us on the cross and the huge thank you we desire to give Him for what He did even when we had not asked.  This eventually came to talking about standing before the Lord to hear those sweet, sweet words..."Well done, my faithful servant." 

Then it hit me.  Why do I put that at the end of the time line of my life?  Am I not standing before Him right now?  Why would I put that at the end of her time line too!  It was a sweet moment to share how God is with us every moment.  I am standing before Him now, tonight, tomorrow and until I see Him face to face. 

Live for Him will hear Him say...Well Done, Faithful Servant!    

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