Humility

1 Peter 5:5. " Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another." Humility is such a wonderful attitude to cover ourselves with. It puts us in a right frame of mind toward God and others. Toward God, because humility is a position of faith. When we trust God we are humbly putting ourselves under his will and care. But humility is also appropriate toward others. Because it is an expression of love. Jesus commanded us to love one another. Love means to look out for others interests and to consider them more important than our own. I.e. humility! So, wherever we go let us enjoy the garment of humility!

Blessed Hunger, Blessed Thirst

In your wisdom O gracious God, You have created an appetite this intense for You!  I am filled now, even as I am always hungry.

 
"Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled." - Matthew 5:6
"Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you." - John 6:53
 

Hear my worship Lord

I draw near you You

I hunger and thirst for You now, as always

Even as You come to meet me

And even as I am filled and satisfied, this blessed hunger persists   

  ... Longing for You, and thankful for the longing.

 

 

A Reunion

Recently I attended a reunion of my father's side of the family. Though my father is still living he is way up in years and could not travel to the reunion this year. When the gathering was over, before driving home, I headed over to spend a few quiet moments at the old homestead. No one has lived in it for several years now. But it is being well kept. I strolled around the quiet yard, looking at the old house and a few small farm buildings nearby. All this time a movie was playing in my mind as I was imagining all the stories which dad told me playing out.

It is amazing how ordinary people doing ordinary things in ordinary lives years ago come to be large, significant and sacred to the descendants! It makes one wonder: are ordinary people and events truly ordinary but the next generation inflates them to be great? Or, are all so-called ordinary things actually inherently significant and sacred, and we only recognize them later, after the hubbub of daily living is past, and time has distilled them revealing their gold?

Probably the answer to this question depends on your life-view. Is God real and therefore everything has a purpose? Or is there no God, therefore nothing is meaningful? I believe that nature and scripture gives us the answer. God is real! So we are able to see everything in life, as full of meaning and purpose, significant and sacred. . So, "Give thanks in all things!" When you have God and hope, every story in life is an adventure and a romance within God's great purpose!

I Am Crucified with Christ

Galations 2: 20. "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God....".  I have been enjoying the truth of this passage a lot lately. I am especially interested in the part which says Christ lives IN me. 

The passage starts out by saying I am crucified with Christ. Just like a father who cosigns a debt for his son, Jesus took on the debt of my sin. Of course, I had nothing to offer in the deal. Christ paid it all by his cross. Thus I have confidence with God.

Next, we are reminded that we now live by faith in him! This means to trust him for everything from small things to life and death challenges. When I am depending on someone for daily life, his reality will obviously fill me! Thus the apostle could say," I no longer live, but it is Christ who lives in me.". I visualize a jewelry box someone recently gave me. It was dusty and old, and got passed down to me through an estate. Inside of it were all kinds of interesting but cheap tie clasps and cufflinks. Now suppose someone gave me a bar of pure gold to keep in the jewelry box. You can bet I would gladly dispose of the cheap trinkets in order to make room for that gold bar! I would open the box and gaze admiringly at that glittering bar of wealth every day! Any left over cheap jewelry in there would be nothing more than residue to me.

These days I look inside of myself whenever I face challenges, fears and shortages. Instead of the anxieties I used to experience when I looked within & saw only inadequate resources, now I see a giant gold bar of Jesus Christ inside of me! I know I can do all things through Him who strengthens me! Any remnants of the old me are simply residue.