In today’s My Utmost for His Highest entry, Chambers says, “If our hopes seem to be experiencing disappointment right now, it simply means that they are being purified. Every hope of dream of the human mind will be fulfilled if it is noble and of God … Continue to persevere spiritually.”
There are two things I do that have some resemblance of nobility: Qualicare and communicating the parent-first view of God. I remember saying if Sally Ann were to need an executive director to manage a home care service and I didn’t need to work to make a living, I’d raise my hand in a heartbeat. It’s possible that God is taking me to task regarding this assertion. There is profit motive in Qualicare but I can serve others making a reasonable living. Paul made tents to serve God. I can make a living operating Qualicare and communicate God’s parental love through written words.
God needs to purify my motives. Mammon consistently dominates my life, albeit in diminishing measures with the flesh kicking and screaming every step of the way. I wished I’m already purified but I just need to be patient as God completes his wonderful transformation in my heart and mind. On the one hand, I need to make up my mind to follow God against the lusts of the flesh. On the other hand, if I can do it on my own, I don’t need the Holy Spirit. Everything I do—every struggle against sin—I rely on the power of the Dynamo of Christ to overcome. But I need to be willing and make the first move.
It’s almost like push-starting a car. I just need to get it going and pop the clutch and the ignition and fuel will kick in. Some say I need to yield the driver seat to God but I disagree. I still drive but the Spirit is the GPS, using 21st century terminology.