Giving God More Than Our Best

Cliff Ellison

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law."  Galatians 5:22-23

Being a Christian takes more than just doing the best you can.  It’s so easy to limit yourself by saying nobody’s perfect and God knows my heart and end up only giving God what you can do; while with the power of the Holy Spirit, you can do what God wants you to do.

When our lives are governed by feeling and self-abilities, our Christian walk is limited.  We are only able to achieve and do what we are capable of achieving.  But when our lives are lead by the Holy Spirit, we can go beyond our self-abilities and become capable of achieving the things of God.

Unfortunately, some believers are often living their lives differently during the week than they do on Sundays. And to the outsider looking in, there is often little or no difference between the lifestyle and habits of the Christian and those of a non-Christian.

What going on?  Why are so many church members becoming lukewarm?  God warned the church of Laodicea about being lukewarm.

People should be able to look at us and know there is something different about us.  Not the way we dress or our hairstyle, but US.  They should see Christ in us.

As ambassadors for Christ, believers have the responsibility of living in such a way that others see Christ in us. As the body of Christ, we are His hands His feet, and His mouthpiece.  And we can show this best by living a spirit-filled life and boldly speaking the word of God in both word and in deed.

"After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly."  Acts 4:31 (NIV)

The goal of every believer ought to be that of total fulfillment of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis as God allows it.  Then we are able to give God more than our best and not be limited to our own abilities, but rather empowered by the power of God.

Application:

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.  The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  Matthew 26:41 (NIV)

·  Surrender yourself totally to God daily.

·  Ask for guidance of the Holy Spirit.

·  Pray daily to do God's will.


Give of Your Best to the Master

Verse

Give of your best to the Master, give Him first place in your heart

Give Him first place in your service, consecrate every part

Give and to you will be given, God His beloved Son gave

Gratefully seeking to serve Him, give Him the best that you have

Chorus

Give of your best to the Master, give of the strength of your youth

Clad in salvation's full armor, join in the battle for truth

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