Jn. 7:38 π 1 Cor. 6:19
The lifestyle and the teaching examples of the Lord Jesus were always anti-selfishness. Jesus’ primary purpose was and is not the development of successful men, but is to make us like unto Himself: completely unselfish. Our spiritual character is to be the exact replica of the Lord Himself, with the same fruits flowing as those that flowed from Him. Our fruit is not to be the attractive, colorful, well-cultured and properly shaped fruit, but the fruit that can be squeezed by the Lord to release its goodness out of us. Jesus did not say, “He that believes on Me shall gain the full blessings of God,” but “He that believes in Me, out of his innermost being shall flow everything he receives.” (see Jn. 7:38; top )
Our craving and seeking of success is in no way a measure of our spirituality. Our spirituality is in direct relationship to what the Lord pours through our surrendered vessels. There is an idea that is in conflict, in spiritual circles today, with what the Lord wants to accomplish. Many spiritual people are trying to promote a strong, successful self-image, while the Lord desires selflessness. The emphasis on successful Christian service is a way of establishing an ego trip that feeds the self-life, while prompting us to rejoice that we have successfully served, rather than rejoicing that our name and relationship is with the Lord. We can never measure what the Lord will do through us if we are selflessly related to Jesus.
When the pride, ego and everything else that exalts itself against selflessness is set aside, the living waters of selflessness will flow out to many. Then the emphasis on success is unimportant, as the selflessness flows; and then God in His mercy and wisdom doesn’t let us know what He is accomplishing through us, so there is no need to try and serve successfully.
“...You are not your own.” ( 1 Cor. 6:19; top )
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