The Lord’s questions always reveal the true me to myself. – Oswald Chambers
Chambers points out that the deep, penetrating questions of the Lord challenges and confirms our true heart for Him. He is the Great Revealer, the One who can go deeper than anyone or anything can go and touch the one thing that reveals the true me; He does it with precision, in His time and way.
The most practical question of Jesus is, “Do you love me?” It is a question that confronts half-heartedness, apathy and selfishness. But, it is also a question of restoration. Remember Peter’s restoration by the Lord? This is the question Jesus uses. Once I can answer “yes” I can take the next step, being poured out in restoring service and as His love is poured into me.
The Revealer shows me what is dear to me. Paul writes:
None of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself… —Acts 20:24
Considering self vs. considering God is a key battlefront regarding God’s will. The more I consider my talents and abilities and desires, the greater the possibility that I will miss what is dear to my Lord. Paul matured to the point of not really caring what was dear to him.
Joy comes from seeing the complete fulfillment of the specific purpose for which I was created and born again, not from successfully doing something of my own choosing. – Oswald Chambers
Lord, thank you for being Lord. Thank you for guiding and directing me toward and within Your perfect will. Thank you for the Holy Spirit that empowers me to do what you desire. May all my desires be found in You alone.