But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition. For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.
God’s desires are more important than my desires!
Even among Paul’s friends and co-workers it was hard to find someone who had this value in their hearts. Jesus had the same problem. Remember those hard words he said to Peter — “Get behind me, Satan… for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s” (Matthew 16:23).
Every day of your life, two roads are set before you. You can choose to follow God’s desires or you can choose to follow your own desires. One of those roads leads to spiritual growth and greater sensitivity to God’s work in and through you, to meaning and a sense of rightness about your life. The other road leads to the deterioration of your spiritual life and the hardening of your heart, to half-heartedness and lukewarmness.
God is inviting you to set as one of the foundational values you live by that His desires are more important than your desires. As you leave your own desires in God’s hands, you’ll find more and more joy in seeking after what He wants for your life.
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