Be, that ye might do

I have always been impressed by the men of the faith that did mighty works. The amazing miracles that did through Elijah, Elisha, Moses, Paul, Peter, and many others are simply awe-inspiring. When I was young I always wanted the Lord to use me in miraculous ways. I wanted more than ever for God to work through me to accomplish miracles. The Lord has been working in my heart, however; and He has shown me that that is not what He desires most to see in His children.

The Christian life isn’t about what we do for God, it’s about who we become. Paul wrote of this principle in 1 Corinthians 13. He spoke of countless accomplishments such as giving all to the poor and moving mountains with great faith. After providing a long list of works that any Christian would aspire to complete, He says that it is all worthless without love. He then gave a detailed description of love. The description of love he gives is simply an example of Godly character. As 1 John 4:8 puts it, "God is love."

God is looking for character. He wants us to conform to His definition of love. One of my best friends spoke very well when he said, "The fruit of the spirit isn’t amazing church growth, supernatural healing, or answered prayer. The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, etc." The Lord wants to transform us before He uses us to transform the world around us.

So I would like to encourage you. Don’t get caught up with what you can do for Christ as much as what He can do in you. First seek after God, and ask Him how He wants to change you. As He changes you, you will naturally begin to do more for Him. As you are changed, He can use you more. So, allow God to change you. Seek to be transformed by His power, and you will see His power not only work in you, but through you.

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. – Philippians 2:13

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