Evangelism Shift


Philippians 2:19-21

“I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.”

God’s desires are more important than my desires!

Even among Paul’s friends and co-workers, it was hard to find someone who had this value in their hearts. Jesus had the same problem. Remember those hard words he said to Peter—“Get behind me, Satan… for you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man” (Matthew 16:23).

Every day of your life, two roads are set before you. You can choose to follow God’s desires or you can choose to follow your own desires. One of those roads leads to spiritual growth and greater sensitivity to God’s work in and through you, to meaning and a sense of rightness about your life. The other road leads to the deterioration of your spiritual life and the hardening of your heart, to being half-hearted, lukewarm, and having no impact for him on the people around you.

God is inviting you to set as one of the foundational values you live by that his desires are more important than your desires. As you leave your own desires in God’s hands, you’ll find more and more joy in seeking after what he wants for your life.


Is the object of your desire something that God has clearly denied? Why do you want what you want? Is it to benefit God’s kingdom or your kingdom?

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