October 31st, 2017 – DEVOTE

Sometimes when I read the Word of God, I just shake my head and come to the realization it’s talking about me and talking to me. Sometimes it doesn’t feel so good either. It pinches, if you know what I mean. It makes me feel uncomfortable because it hits really close to home.

Actually what’s happening is, the Holy Spirit is talking to me and revealing to me what needs to be seen and dealt with. At first I don’t like what I see and try to shrug it off. But as I keep reading the Word it cuts deeper and deeper. Here’s the Word that challenged me this morning…
“My friends, you were chosen to be free. So don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do anything you want. Use it as an opportunity to serve each other with love.” Galatians 5:13 CEV

So let me ask you, just because the Holy Spirit asked me today, “Do you ever suffer from the ME Syndrome? You know, that time of the day or the month when you feel it’s all about you… it’s your time. I don’t know about you, but I sure do – way too often as a matter of fact. I usually don’t realize it until I’ve crossed the line… did the wrong thing… said the wrong word… didn’t react at all, because it was all about me.

But the Bible tells us we’re free not to take care of ourselves, but to serve others. Instead of focusing all my attention on me, I should be asking where my Father wants me to serve – who He wants me to serve.

You see…

When I’m free from ambition, I’m free to serve with a joyful heart.

When I’m free from selfishness, I’m free from irritation.

When I’m free from jealousy, I’m free to celebrate with others when they succeed.

When I’m free from judgment, I’m free to pray with a pure heart.

When I’m free from expectation, I’m free to enjoy whatever happens.

When I’m freed from controlling others, I’m free to see miracles.

When I live free like the Bible says I am, I’ll see the Kingdom of God in my life.

And truth be known, that’s really what I want to see in my life – the Kingdom of God. What’s that going to take? It’s going to take busting free from my own ME Syndrome. It’s going to take looking at things through God’s eyes. It’s going to take me accepting God’s help. In other words, in order for me to be free, I have to be free of me!

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Do you want to be free? Do you want to be free from your Me Syndrome? Through faith in Jesus Christ, you are free. Live free to serve others.

Remind me today that through the all-atoning work of Your Son, my Savior, Jesus – I’m free. Holy Spirit, free me of me and help me serve those around me. In Jesus name, I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen