Coming Out of Egypt
Before returning to the Father’s house in 2001, ambition drove my life. It did not matter if it was a personal or professional, it was all about what I wanted and my desire for the accolades of the world. When I met a goal, I would move on to my next desire. Those worldly goals continued after I started walking with the Lord.
For years I wanted to win a world championship in drag racing. I worked, strived, spent money I did not have to gain that goal. In 2004, I won my national championship. I received my awards at the year end banquet along with the applause of man. The glory quickly faded. What happened next surprised me more than anything. I lost the desire to compete.
I had met a life long goal and found it empty. I had convinced myself that becoming a ‘champion’ would change my world. It did not…if anything it left me wanting and made me finally understand that the desires of this world would never make my life complete. That experience changed me at a fundamental level. My focus turned to what the Lord wanted me to do.
I decide to go back to school and pray for direction. I mean really pray and wait on the Lord. Over the next 3 years he would have us start Dragstory.com and MotormaniaTV.com giving us the opportunity to touch peoples lives for Him. Now when I accomplish something, it is fulfilling. All I changed was where my desires come from.
Do you feel like your life is missing something? If so, then it’s time to start a conversation with our Father about what He would have you do.
Coming Out of Egypt
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
“But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness” (Rom. 6:17-18).
Becoming a new person in Christ is part of a life-long journey that begins at conversion. Before coming to Christ, we were living (in a metaphorical sense) in Egypt, in the land of bondage. Just as the people of Israel toiled as slaves in Egypt, we were slaves to sin and worldly ambition.
Before we came to Christ, we sweated and toiled to build our career and acquire material possessions. Work was our idol. Greed was our taskmaster. We may have had all the trappings of power in the business world – a corner office, a staff of our own, a key to the executive washroom – but we were living as a slave in the land of Egypt. We didn’t run our career; our career ran us.
Jesus once said, “No servant can serve two masters. You cannot serve both God and money” (Luke 16:13). In the original language, the word translated “money” was an Aramaic word, Mammon. This does not refer merely to money as a medium of exchange but also to a demonic spirit designed to promote a mind-set of ambition for riches, power and worldly gain. The word is capitalized in the original text because the people of Jesus’ day thought of Mammon as a false god. Jesus was saying that those who spend their lives seeking worldly gain are idolaters. No one can serve two masters. No one can worship both the true God and a false god.
We cannot experience the grace that God gives to His children because we are too busy striving for riches and enslaved to Mammon. The only way we can be free is to turn away from Mammon and allow the one true God to transform us into a different person.
Ask yourself today if your life is best represented as Egypt or the Promised Land.