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…submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
In my 43 years’ experience of church attendance, I have yet to find a fellowship free of selfish ambition. Sadly! From an early age, I have attended churches where one or two self-motivated individuals have resisted the move of the Holy Spirit, or who have risen in retaliation against the authority of their leaders. Inspired by the Holy Spirit James writes, “If you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.” Then he goes on to ass that godly wisdom begins with purity.
It is a sad reality that Satan’s primary goal is to undermine the plans of God for his children and the Church. One of the ways the devil does this is to stir up dissension, discord and disunity in the Body of Christ. These vices have at their root, selfish ambition, which plays out in church politics. The root of selfish ambition is the ego – the self! It’s been my experience that every church has its own band of, “I-think-we-shoulds” – untransformed self-interested people who are disgruntled with the vision and oversight of God’s delegated authority on earth.
James makes it clear that real godly wisdom (the source of vision and purpose) begins with purity. Purity always asks the question, why? What’s the motive for my decision making and what’s the motive of my opinion? Godly wisdom continues in peace, good reason, mercy, impartiality and sincerity. Avery true believer has been transformed from a life of self-interest to a life of self-sacrifice and submission. A great man who had every reason to boast was, Apostle Paul. Yet by the Holy Spirit he said, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”
Dear God-tracker, may we keep our eyes on Christ and humble our… selves before God, walking in the purity of wisdom from above. May we submit to one another in reverence for the plans for God.
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Today I ask your forgiveness for any rebellion and selfish ambition in my heart, and I commit myself to humbly serve you in my place in the body of Christ
“Dear Heavenly God, thank you for your grace and mercy that has saved me and transformed my life from a life consumed with self and selfish ambition into a life filled with love, submission and truth. Thank you that Jesus died to reconcile me to your righteousness and called me to one hope, one faith, one baptism and one Body. Today I ask your forgiveness for any rebellion and selfish ambition in my heart, and I commit myself to humbly serve you in my place in the body of Christ. Amen.”
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