December 29, 2022

Bob Maas
“One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”
Psalm 27:4

For most of my adult life as I tried to follow Jesus, there were some commands that were too difficult for me to obey. When I was challenged by them I would attempt to rationalize or justify my disobedience. When that didn’t work, I would put it under the category of “God’s grace is sufficient for me” and overlook it.

When the Lord convicted me to simplify my life a few years ago, I began to understand why I was having trouble with some of His commands. I realized that I had desires in my heart that were enticing me to do things that were keeping me in bondage to my ego.

When a friend gave me an acronym for ego, “edging God out”, I had an epiphany and realized that as long as I had an appetite for things that were not rooted in His Kingdom, I was destined to live the rest of my life enslaved to my evil desires.

Now, when I am challenged by one of God’s commands, I look for the dark craving lurking in my ego that is fighting it, lay it at the foot of the cross and surrender it to the Lord. I no longer have to try and justify my disobedience because my desire to follow Jesus enables me to go places and do things that are pleasing to Him.