Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4:15-16 (NIV)
See Your Progress
I know that you want to see progress in your life as you follow me. Yes, I do. What kind of progress would you like to see in your life? There are so many different ways that I want to see progress in my life. Name them to me.
I want to see progress in my knowing you. I want to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. I want to be able to hear your voice speaking to me. I want to live each moment of every day in an ongoing conversation with you. I want to know your thoughts. I want to listen to your counsel. I want to know your will and purposes and plans. I want to pray the prayers that you have given me to pray.
I want to see progress in my loving you. I want to dwell in your presence and sit at your feet. I want to be fully devoted to you in everyway. I want to know your word and do your will. I want to love and worship you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Everyday, I want to find and do what is pleasing in your sight.
I want to see progress in my following you. I want to go where you guide me to do what you ask of me. I want to have faith to do what only you can do in and through my life. I want to rely on your power and strength to work in and through me for your glory.
I want to see progress in my serving you. I want to fully utilize all the gifts, talents and abilities that you have given to me. I want to bear and abundance of fruit for your kingdom and glory. I want people to be drawn to you as you work in and through my life. I want you to use me to heal those who are hurting and to help those who are in need.
Do you believe that I will fulfill all these desires of your heart? Yes, I do. Do you believe that I will help you to know me? Yes, I do. Do you believe that I will help you to love me? Yes, I do. Do you believe that I will help you to follow me? Yes, I do. Do you believe that I will help you to serve me? Yes, I do. Why do you believe that I will do all of these things for you? I believe because I know that you are already helping me to know, love, follow and serve you. Yes, I am.
Lord, you have my full attention. My life is focused on knowing, loving, following and serving you. Use my life and the gifts that you have given to me for your kingdom and glory as I throw myself into the ministry you have given to me. Amen
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