My Rights

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. 
Galatians 2:20, NASB

Maybe you have heard this or even said something like this before. “I have rights.” It interests me how bold and spoiled we can be as Christians. Remember, our rights are lost in Christ, as He gave Himself for us. In a society where everyone demands to be treated as equals; being treated as equals can only come when we see one another in the light of the cross. Remove the cross, remove the great leveler. Remove His blood, remove the fountain that washes prejudices away. Remove fellowship with the Holy Spirit, remove the one who unifies us into one chorus.

We have all sorts of demands. We demand and place expectations of others in the church, our pastors, the church service, church leadership. We want the best sounding worship. We want the most well-spoken pastor. We want money in our bank accounts. We want God to move in a way that is comfortable and not convicting. We want our order and not God’s order. We don’t want to be challenged to pursue God. We want to be the center of attention in our own way. We want control.

What filth we carry with us! What stench of pride arises from our hearts before a holy and pure God! And we are shocked that our churches and leaders are in such compromise. Let us remember that God sets the expectation. God has called us to holiness. God has sent His Spirit to remind us and convict us of all truth. God has called us to unity.

Here’s a quote from Evangelist Steve Hill regarding the demands of God:

But what about God’s demands? After all, He’s the one who formed us in our mother’s womb. He’s the one who has given us life. God is the Master Potter and we are the earthen clay. He is the one we will give an account to. Therefore, it would be good to know what He demands of us. First of all, God demands a total allegiance to His person. That means He wants no other idols in your life. An idol is anything that takes the place of God in our lives. It can be sports, fame, or money. Jesus even spoke of loving God more than family. For many, that is a strong demand, but it must be obeyed. God also demands total allegiance to His cause. That means He expects you to spend your life speaking about His kingdom, not yours. He also demands total allegiance to holiness. “Without holiness,” the Bible says, “no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). It is not a suggestion that we be holy–it is a command. So next time demands are being made to God, make sure His demands are being met first.

Could it be that your demands of God are keeping you from experiencing His fullness? Today, your own assumptions and your own comfort could be hindering you from finding the best God has for you. Your demand that God move a certain way in your life, or a demand that God respect your own comfort and pride could be blocking your breakthrough and leading you to a breakdown. Naaman wanted to place demands on God, but God had His own demands. Healing came when Naaman yielded to the Lord. Today is a great day to cease your striving over demands, and come humbly before God to receive all that He has for you!

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