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When we come to Christ, we come empty-handed, yielding to His decision as to our greatest need. Whatever other gifts our “wisdom” might say are more needful, we are content to receive that for which He was crucified: the forgiveness of our sins.
God will help us, obviously, but the process of renovating our character cannot take place without our active engagement and obedience. We must not only be willing to have our imperfections removed; we must exert ourselves in that direction.
God’s wisdom far exceeds our own, and so His gifts and His answers are not always supplied according to our timetable. When we’re faced with either God’s “inaction” or His “silence,” we need to hold our tongue and also watch our attitude.
If investments in our spiritual lives don’t require us to give up anything of real value to us, they aren’t really investments and the results won’t be worth very much. In the end, God’s value to us will be indicated by what we’ve exchanged for Him.
We must emulate the reason for Jesus’ endurance as well as the fact of the endurance itself. And why did He endure? It was “for the joy that was set before Him.” The pure, priceless joy on the other side pulled Jesus through this world.
Even when the spirit is full of strong love, the flesh is often too weak to carry out the will of the spirit. It needs to be trained. So we have to build into our daily lives a training regimen that progressively makes the flesh our servant.
Each of us is unique. Each of us is interesting. And while we all have room for growth, each of us has a “self” that others would benefit from knowing right now. It has been there all along, but perhaps we’ve not let ourselves express it.
Regardless of public laws, how am I treating the people I actually come in contact with? If those who interact with me know I will bend over backwards to respect their rights and defend them against injustice, I will have given them a great gift.
God being the Ruler of the world, we can be sure that His purposes will come to pass. We need have no doubt about that. And until God brings the history of this world to a conclusion and His victory celebration begins, we just need to keep working.
Being able to endure is not only a virtuous thing to do; it is an extremely high-leverage trait. In other words, patience is a trait that energizes us and imparts a strength that empowers all the other characteristics we are to add to our faith.
Each night during my extended prayer time, I continue to thank God for each of you who support me. Some of you have been doing this for many years, and with each of these years, I have grown to have a deeper love for you.
I wish that my supporters could meet my readers, and my readers, my supporters. And this is why I love you so. Although most of those who profit from this work are people neither you nor I will ever meet, you are still willing to give me a chance to influence them.