Today I'm thinking of a young Cuban girl named Alice.
Alice was someone who always wanted to be in perfect control of her world. She had a place for everything and liked for everything to be in place. But her father was an alcoholic, and her mother was victimized by long periods of depression.
Alice’s first attempt at coming to God was not because of her spiritual need; it was a strategy to find happiness. Someone told her that happiness was found in God, so she got “close to God” to get at happiness. That didn’t work!
Alice came to realize that she was making an intellectual attempt to get God to perform in her life. (God was not interested in the “job offer.”) She also realized her pride in wanting to be her own “god” and decided she truly was not qualified. She decided to relinquish that control ... and come to God in repentance of heart.
The difference has been amazing in many ways — and the biggest difference is that now Alice’s happiness is “real.” Her challenge to our audiences was to go to God with all your heart for a real relationship with Him.
I am following Alice’s testimony with Matthew 7:21: “Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of Heaven.”
I am challenge us to all do some soulsearching ... to determine if we are assigning some “servile” purpose to God in our lives — and to make sure we are approaching Him in reverence and sincerity.