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Topic: Design (01/19/04)

TITLE: Derek Elkins
By Derek Elkins
01/21/04

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ďBut seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.Ē
Matthew 6:33


We were designed to achieve Godís will on earth as it is in Heaven. Thatís our job. Thatís all of our jobs. We were specifically designed to love God and love others. When we are not accomplishing this task, our lives suffer.

There is a constant conflict between the flesh and the spirit. Our selfish desires consistently butt heads with our desire to please God. But, we can never have it both ways. If God is to reign in our lives, we must put to death the deeds of the body: our own selfish desires. If we are to be of use to God, we must realize our shape in His design and abide by His rules and not the ones we made up.

When we become lazy and do not pursue Godís will and instead focus on pleasing our flesh, we become unsatisfied. When we live for ourselves and for the things that make us happy, we will constantly be seeking and never finding. We will simply not know joy. We were designed to worship God in our actions and in our speech. We were not designed to please ourselves. Working in the Cause of Christ will bring pleasure, but it is godly pleasure, true pleasure, lasting pleasure.

∑ A disciple knows his design and abides in that design

Application: In what ways have I denied the design that God has set before me? Am I trying to worship God and myself and who is winning?


Member Comments
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Kathy Pollock01/26/04
Derek, I always watch for your articles. Like the others, this is clear and concise. Keep up the good work. I especially like your application questions.
Donna Anderson01/27/04
Self is so hard to escape sometimes, but God, in His mercy has even provided a way for that! As we continue to seek Him (even falling and straying as we do) His design for us cannot be altered.
Mary Elder-Criss01/28/04
As usual, Derek, very well written. Your articles always make me stop and think, and your questions always make me examine myself...Not always pleasant, but necessary. Keep up the good work.
L.M. Lee01/31/04
Ouch! to worship God and myself ... boy how many times during the day do we have to answer that question?