When our identity is not rooted Jesus, we don’t live in the reality that God blesses unconditionally, and we serve to gain others’ approval and love. We serve to get a pat on the back or a word of appreciation, which are things we should be getting from our relationship with God and the promises found in His Word. We must serve out of our love for God, not to get love from others.
We can look the part of a Christian, saying and doing all the things the world expects from us. But God knows our innermost heart. We can’t fool him. If God is speaking to your heart about any of the above elements, seek help from your local church, your pastor, or another trusted leader. They can not only help you rid yourself of these symptoms but also point you to God, who can heal your heart, so it doesn’t become permanently damaged from the issues that sin causes.
Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife and mother. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year, the Enduring Light Silver Medal and the Maxwell Award, she is a member of the Christian Author's Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She is also an associate literary agent with Wordwise Media Services. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.
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