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If we are lost, we may spend eternity blaming God for not being more forceful to break down our resistance. But if it’s not love that brings us back home, what good would it do for us to return to God? What He desires is our love or nothing at all.
We need our God deeply. Created in His image, we yearn for Him. Whatever else we may accomplish in this world, this truth can’t be denied: cut off from the God in whose image we were made, we are the most unsatisfied of all creatures.
God has given each of us the abilities that He has because those are the resources we need to do the work that belongs to us — right where we are. It’s tempting to think we could do a better job if we occupied someone else’s place, but that is probably not true.
As “self-actualized” people it is hard for us to learn self-denial. Yet somehow we must learn it. We must recover the old-fashioned virtue of sacrifice — the willingness to let go of everything except that which most greatly glorifies God.
The war between good and evil, many will be defeated because they didn’t have what it takes: the will to conquer. This does not diminish our reliance upon God’s help at all; it simply emphasizes the need for us to do our part with all our might.
If the Lord returns today, we’ll be held accountable for our use of the abilities we’ve acquired up to this point. But what if He doesn’t return today? Tomorrow, will we be content to have no more ability than we had today? Isn’t there something new we could learn to do?
Certainly, we need to have the wisdom to refine our dreams and make sure that they’re aligned with true principles, but if our conscience tells us that our dreams are worthy of aspiring to, then we need to keep them burning brightly.
Being a loving person requires courage. Holding on to the trust that’s required to make love’s sacrifices is more than a little frightening. It’s not for the fainthearted! But for the bold, being loving is the very nectar of life itself.
Jesus was clear when He said, “If you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Mt. 6:15). It’s only fair that we should not expect God to forgive us if we’ve been unwilling to forgive others.
Those in Christ are those “who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” We have a glorious hope of victory over the devil, but it is only in God. May we learn to trust Him more completely!
There is no way to avoid the 24/7 administrative work that goes with a large website. I do not complain about this, since every blessing has its cost, but I sometimes wonder if readers understand the amount of time required by this part of my work.
My work this fall will be studying, reading, praying, and planning for the next book, “Walking in Christ.” It would be irresponsible to begin a project of this magnitude without preparing for it prayerfully, so that is mainly what I’ll be doing.