First Thursday of Advent

The verse from Matthew 7:21 is one of the most sobering verses in all the Bible.  Can I search my heart and know without a doubt I serve Jesus out of love for Him rather than out of selfish motives?  We all have mixed motives inherent in our human makeup but let me invite you to a time of searching out what motivates us to serve and follow Christ.   Then let me call attention to the words of Richard Rohr, “We are inherently important and included, yet not burdened with manufacturing or sustaining that private importance.”  We are free to love and serve Him because He first loved us!  Inherent in our love and service to God is the call to surrender whole selves.  C.S. Lewis wrote,
“The Christian way is different: harder, and easier. Christ says “Give me All.
I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so
of your work: I want You. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to
kill it. No half-measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here
and a branch there, I want to have the whole tree down. Hand over the whole
natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you
think wicked—the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will
give you Myself: my own will shall become yours.”
As we prepare for Christmas, may we say, “Come, Lord Jesus and reign over my whole being, my faith, my works, my motives and my will.”  

 Soli Deo Gloria