Posted by: bshelley | May 8, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Entry for May 8, 2008

Today’s Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:9 Therefore, we also have as our ambition whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. NASB

Do you often think of your self as being alien to this place? One of my first jobs after college was selling Seiko watches in Southern Louisiana. I had an apartment in Baton Rouge, but mostly I lived in hotels. Being a Texan, I enjoyed their wonderful food, sense of humor, music and their culture at its surface. However, it was always clear to me that I was not really one of them. My home was not there, it was elsewhere. Like a fish a bit out of water, I could enjoy being there and working there, but was always without a sense of belonging there. We are to be the same in the world as Christians. Sayings like, “Be in the world, but not of it.” says it well. We are to walk alongside this world even though we are truly aliens here. The apostle Paul is expressing in his third letter to the Corinthian church that location is not to matter to us. We are not here with any different purpose than we would be if we were at home in heaven with our Father. You don’t have to search a lifetime of going from guru to guru or movement to movement, for we are always to be about one singular thing. That is to “be pleasing to Him.” If you are then moved to ask, “What pleases Him?”, you are asking the right question. There is only one source for that knowledge and that is not on some Himalayan mountaintop or in a sweat tent or in an image on a tortilla. We find what our heavenly Father desires of us, that which is pleasing to Him, in His word, the Holy Bible. It is very OK not to feel comfortable in the ways of this world. Too many are too comfortable even now. We need to make it our business, our singular focus to desire above anything else to seek God’s will and desire in His word…and then do it. Looking for a good starting place? Try the Sermon on the Mount by Jesus. It is found in Matthew chapters 5-7. God has not hidden His will or His desire from us. Read and let Him reveal His good pleasure to you. “We’re just a passin’ through”, but we also got some stuff to do.

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