I am not saying Jesus doesn’t give us high self-worth, He does. “Wonderful are your works, my soul knows it very well.” Ps 139:14 But I am also a sinner through and through. It isn’t hard to be caught playing the fool, acting carelessly or thoughtlessly, judging another or just holding back my love and acceptance from a fellow human being.
The more I am aware that I don’t have to play a part, that who I am is riddled with faults and failures; I am set free to know truly the good that comes from my life is an act of God’s grace. He designs it. He orchestrates it. He performs it. It is a symphony of life notes, sometimes notes of discord other times a melody of pure unbridled love. I can be free to be myself, a struggling human being. It is a great relief indeed, no pretense, no artificial role to play, no appearances to keep up. Charlie Brown, welcome one more stumble bum who can’t quite kick that blasted football.
Thank you God that I am at all times accepted in the Beloved. I am His and He is mine. The great lover of our souls loves me. I am a believer who wants to seek the good in the world, to see the beautiful, the worthy, that which I can commend and imitate. I believe that the goodness of God still prevails on our earth. That hope and kindness still live within the hearts of man. That the sacred scriptures call us to account and lead us into paths of righteousness. That faith, even small faith, is powerful to change the course of a life or a world. That God is in extraordinary control and the end of all things is brilliant with perfect victory.
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Have you ever felt that you were too insignificant to make a real difference in the world? We find insight into this question from the biblical parable of the mustard seed. This story illustrates that even the smallest of herbs grows large and fruitful. Christianity also began small but has grown into a worldwide community of believers. No matter how unimportant we feel, if we trust in God our faith will gradually grow strong and be used in truly unexpected ways.
Did you know that God has dynamic power available for the ordinary Christian? For instance, when a believer prays things happen. “The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results.” James 5:16 TLB A life of loving God produces amazing results. “For the Lord says, ‘because he loves me I will rescue him. I will make him great because he trusts in my name.’” Psalm 91:14 TLB Through God’s kindness we receive everything we could ever need to share in His greatness. “For as you know him better, he will give you, through his great power, everything you need for living a truly good life: he even shares his own glory and his own goodness with us.” 2 Peter 1:3 TLB
As unbelievable as it may seem, God uses everyday stumble bum Charlie Browns to do remarkable things. We are the people of God. Because of His unlimited resources we can excel in the small as well as the big responsibilities of life. When we are devoted to following the example of Jesus He gives us an admirable first-rate life exemplified in loving and caring for others. The truth is, “Your care for others is the measure of your greatness.” Luke 9:48 TLB
Whenever we feel alone or overwhelmed let us remember that God can take just a mustard seed of faith in a believer’s heart and multiply it into a kingdom of faithful followers. “I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great his power is to help those who believe him.” Ephesians 1:19 TLB May we never underestimate the power of our great God. Wherever we are in our faith walk God can enable us to grow and flourish, transforming our ordinary efforts into His extraordinary Christ life.
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