Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, May 5, 2004
Dear Colleagues,


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How do you and I measure whether or not we truly have a heart for God?

– By our vigilant and disciplined prayer life?

– By our sacrificial service to others?

– By our faithful sharing of Christ with those around us?

Noble as these endeavors may be, allow me to suggest that there is a more fundamental means of measurement:

#1 A Passion for Intimacy: "But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ."

(Phil. 3:7,8) (See Jn. 17:3; I Cor. 2:2; Eph. 1:17-20; 3:8-12,18,19; Col. 2:2,3)

Ask yourself:

Can I honestly say that I am enjoying the sweetness of His fellowship on a day-to-day basis?

Given the opportunity, do I gravitate toward intimate time with Him? Or toward some other love?

Do those around me view me as a person in the process of transformation into Christlikeness? Or as one who is dutifully committed to living a religious regimen of performance

#2 A Passion for Holiness: "Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost placeCreate in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." (Psa. 51:6,10)

Ask yourself:

Do I honestly hunger for a life free of sin? Or do I secretly pander those base appetites within?

How would people closest to me view my attitude and behavior? As singleness of heart toward God, or as sullied by compromise and expediency?

#3 A Passion for the Glory of God: "Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory,

because of your love and faithfulness." (Psa. 115:1) (See Isa. 48:10,11; Jn. 17:1,2; Gal. 6:14)

Ask yourself:

What really is the motivation behind what I am giving my life to? Is it personal fulfillment, or in fact a genuine concern that the earth indeed know God?

As others observe my life, would they conclude that it is reflective of John the Baptists desire: "He must increase, but I must decrease"? (Jn. 3:30)

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