Topic: Driven by God [Monday June 19, 2017]
Read: 1 Kings 8:54–63, Bible in a Year: Nehemiah 12–13; Acts 4:23–37
May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him. 1 Kings 8:58
A few months ago I received an email inviting me to join a community of “driven people.” I decided to look up the word driven, and I learned that a driven person is someone highly motivated to succeed and who will work hard to achieve his goals.
Is it good to be a driven person? There is a test that never fails: “Do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). Many times we do things for self-glory. After the flood in Noah’s day, a group of people decided to build a tower in order to “make a name” for themselves (Gen. 11:4). They wanted to be famous and avoid being scattered all over the world. Because they were not doing it for God’s glory, though, they were erroneously driven.
Father, give me the desire to obey You and do everything for Your glory.
In contrast, when King Solomon dedicated the ark of the covenant and the newly constructed temple, he said, “I have built the temple for the Name of the Lord” (1 Kings 8:20). Then he prayed, “May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands” (v. 58).
When our greatest desire is to bring glory to God and walk in obedience, we become driven people who seek to love and serve Jesus in the power of the Spirit. Let our prayer echo Solomon’s. May our “hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands” (v. 61).
Prayer: Father, give me the desire to obey You and do everything for Your glory.
Do everything for the glory of God.
As you work hard to achieve your goals, ask God to give you a humble and obedient heart that is fully committed to Him.
This message was written By Keila Ochoa [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]