Beware of anything that competes with your loyalty to Jesus Christ.  The greatest competitor of true devotion to Jesus is the service we do for Him.  It is easier to serve than to pour out our lives completely for Him.  The goal of the call of God is His satisfaction, not simply that we should do something for Him.  We are not sent to do battle for God, but to be used by God in His battles.  Are we more devoted to service than we are to Jesus Christ Himself?

As we evaluate our priorities, do we rush to DO things for God?  We seem to think that we will feel better about ourselves if we are busy doing things for the Kingdom.  Not to downplay acts of service – this is how we demonstrate our fruit (James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.)

But, what does it mean to “be used by God in His battles,” rather than rushing out to fight every battle that comes our way?  I’m certainly not the expert here, but I think it means that we seek Him before we take on new tasks for Him.  That we make certain that what we want to do is not the battle He wants to use to shape someone else, but that it really is the place He would have for us today.

This “pouring out” is not a one-time event, but a daily happening as we seek His face.  What more reason do we need to come in His presence each morning, but to receive our assignments for the day – for today only.

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