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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We live in an uncertain world and long to find something to meet our deepest needs. “Life passes, riches fly away, popularity is fickle, the senses decay, the world changes. One alone is true to us; One alone can be all things to us; One alone can supply our needs.” Cardinal Newman This one is Jesus. God the Father sent His Son to die for our sins, fulfilling the greatest purpose in all of history. Jesus said, “For I have come here from heaven to do the will of God who sent Me, not to have My own way.” John 6:38
Dear Christian, we too have been sent to our world with a great purpose. What does Jesus ask you to do? Have you heard his beloved voice? “My sheep recognize My voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 We first heard His voice when the gospel was preached and we responded with joy, believing in Him. Now day by day we hear His voice and treasure His words. As Christ’s sheep we follow Him through saving faith and then walk with Him in obedience. “No man can follow Christ and go astray.” William Faunce
What does it take to be a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ? “‘If any of you wants to be my follower,’ he told them, ‘you must put aside your own pleasures and shoulder your cross, and follow me closely. If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good news will ever know what it means to really live.’” Mark 8:34, 35 You can try your hardest to make your own way work, living large and unhampered but until you give Jesus your life liberally, freely, and voluntarily, you have lost the great opportunity to know the powerful Living God one on one. We face the temptation to save our life, to live comfortably, to seek security for the future, and to make our own decisions. Tragically, self-gratification is often behind this choice. This is a wasted life. In contrast, we are called to use our lives to honor God. Our lives are more valuable than anything the world can offer us. What is your decision? How wonderful that in all the uncertainty surrounding our lives we can confidently proclaim that of Christ I am sure.
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