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The Secret to Pleasing God and Making Your Life Really Count

Do you want to please God? Would you like your life to really count for something? Would you like to make a difference in your world? The secret is in Isaiah 58. (Actually, the principle is provided throughout the Bible, but I just came across it again today as I was reading this chapter.)

Isaiah 58 begins with what does not please God or lead to a productive life: being outwardly religious but with a heart that is far from God (see Matthew 15:8-9). Putting on a religious show means nothing to God. What pleases him is an inner commitment to him, a passion for living in relationship with him each day that then expresses itself through serving others. Isaiah is talking about overflow. Ministry naturally overflows out of the heart of a person who is spending time daily in communion with God and in community with others.

Isaiah 58:11 is one of the clearest passages in the Bible about this overflow principle.

“The Lord will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.” 

  God pours into my life (and yours) when I meet with him regularly. I’m like a plant that God is watering, nourishing with his abundance, which then produces fruit that feeds others. The life he pours into me keeps me spiritually hydrated and  healthy … and only healthy organisms produce healthy fruit.

When I spend time with God, I am like an ever-flowing spring. It is ever-flowing because it is ever-resourced, ever-blessed.

Want to live a full, abundant, productive life? It all starts here. It’s not about you. Get rid of the notion that it has anything to do with your skills, talents, charisma, charm, knowledge, personality, pious superiority, or religious rituals.It has everything to do with your Creator and Provider and the relationship you have with him that is ever-flowing and overflowing!

How is God ever-flowing into you?

How is he overflowing though you?

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Michael C. Mack founded SmallGroups.com in 1995 and served as a small-groups minister for more than 20 years in several churches. He is a writer, editor, trainer, and consultant in the areas of small groups, leadership, and discipleship. He is the author of more than 25 books and small group studies, including his latest, World's Greatest Small Group (pub. January, 2017). He regularly blogs on his ministry website at SmallGroupLeadership.com. His family is a small group that includes his wife Heidi, their four children, and their dog, Lainey. Mike is also an avid mountain biker.