I Have a Right to be Happy...Don't I?
- Thursday, January 31, 2013
Yet we often get this “rights” issue turned around. We tend to believe that as long as we obey God, He exists to serve us and grant us our desires. We think it is God’s obligation to make us happy, grant our wishes, make our life fulfilling.
Jesus said in John 10:10 that He came that we “might have life, and might have it abundantly.” But that life is in the context of obeying His greatest commandment, which is to love Him with all our heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37), and serve Him in obedience as a slave would serve his master.
Jesus even said that ultimately, our goal is to hear Him say “Well done, my good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23). And the original Greek word translated "servant" in that verse is, doulos – meaning, literally, "slave."
Service is a part of our role as God’s possession, but it is not the extent of it. Our very lives belong to Him. Any rights we might have thought we had are His. So what does this have to do with our healing and wholeness?
When we understand properly who we are in relation to God we cannot be disillusioned that “God is not answering my prayers.” We cannot say “God was supposed to bless my life.” And we will not find ourselves saying “Where is the benefit of serving Him?”
A slave has no rights. He or she depends only on the protection, provision, and generosity of the master.
My friend, if you would live from this day forward with the knowledge and affirmation that you are His, you belong to Him, and you owe your life to Him, suddenly your needs, wants, and expectations are no longer your concern; they are His obligation. In fact, your only concern is to please Him. That is the day your life is no longer about your rights, your disappointments, your hurts. It's about His redemptive work in you.
Try it right now:
1) Make a list of all you have felt you have a "right" to in your life.
2) Now, prayerfully tell God about each of these items and surrender them to His will.
3) Experience the peace that inevitably follows.
Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and author of several books, including When Women Walk Alone (more than 100,000 copies sold) When a Woman Overcomes Life's Hurts, and Women on the Edge. For a self-assessment test to see if you're still being affected by past hurts in your life, see her website: StrengthForTheSoul.com.
Publication date: January 31, 2013
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