Part 2 of The Search for Injustice
“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13
This seems to be on my heart right now, because I have been noticing how an act of service can quickly change to an act of vengeance or self-promotion. I’ve seen this within myself in small ways lately.
My wounds seem to deal with time and worth. I think they always have. Through some consistent devotional time and an accountability partner, I’ve begun to discover the source of these wounds. However, they are still tender. For example, not long ago I was with a person that belittled an idea that I had been working on. I felt more attacked than I actually was. I responded in 2 ways:
1. I sought out every possible thing that this person did that wasn’t perfect so that I could feel better about myself.
2. I worked even harder so that I could prove to myself that what I did was worthy.
While I was doing these things, I was not in fellowship with God, I lost time with my family, and I hurt my relationship with this other person. Those things that I did to prove myself were not done with a servant’s heart, but with a selfish heart. God was taking me through the rough road. I had a critical decision to make:
Should I continue with the instant gratification of proving my own worth or should I continue on with the Lord down that rough road and place my hurts in His hands?
Have you been faced with this question?
You see, on the journey to servant hood, God doesn’t just pick you up at point A and drop you off at point B. Instead, He takes you through the tough terrain. The ironic thing about it is that you can get off of the road at any time. God isn’t forcing you to go. There are critical points throughout the journey through which you must hang on to God with all you have in order to get through. If you don’t, you’ll end up getting off of the road somewhere between selfishness and holiness–that place is very dangerous.
God is calling you to “…go on to holiness,” into servant hood. He can take you there, but it isn’t always easy. Are you ready? Can you persevere? You don’t have to take this journey alone. Please, comment and share your stories of the tough terrain. How have you been challenged on the tough road to holiness?