“Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.”
A sustainable and attainable walk with Jesus in 2017. It sounds desirable and ideal, but perhaps, if we are being honest, it often doesn’t seem as achievable as we would like it to be.
This is a time of internet, social media and reality television, where we compare ourselves to other’s “real lives” which aren’t at all real. It’s a time where we google all of our questions until we find the supporting evidence to back our original idea.
So, how do we remain “open minded” while clinging on to the truth? Is truth absolute? Is it attainable? How do we ignore this modern era, where we are often encouraged to create our “own truths”, when that statement itself- by definition- is contradictory? If we approach TRUTH as relative, how can we prove that very statement to be absolute? The truth is, truth is absolute.
So the question remains: Is walking with Jesus something that is true, and can it be achieved today?
If you are a Christian, I assume your go-to answer is a loud YES. But, practically, how do you sustain your walk on a Monday, the day after you brought your best into the Sunday? Unless you live in a bubble, that is not something easy to carry out. We fall and we fail; we sin and we ask for forgiveness; we promise ourselves this is the ‘last’ time; we ask for grace.
And then, sure enough, we fail again. Sometimes it feels we can’t come to God in humility and surrender because He would be just as disappointed as we are.
But let me encourage you that you have a destiny and a purpose because you were intentionally created this way. Your failures have already been covered in Jesus’ name, and your sin eradicated. You are perfectly good material for God to use, just the way you are. Every hair on your head and every breath you take. While, on the other hand, too precious to be left the same as you were found.
All of this so that, in our weakness, His strength will be made known through our brokenness. So that His perfection will be made complete in the light of His transforming grace at work within us. Through our very insufficiency, He will transform our souls.
This is exactly what our purpose is: To embody His glory, which will be manifest through our failures; so that His name will be made famous through our very incompetence.
Exodus 9:16 But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.
The greatest commandment we were given is that of love, and our responsibility is to steward what God has given us, from the position He has placed us in. Because of Jesus, God no longer condemns us for our mistakes- past, present and future. This is why it’s called The Good News. God loves us and continually meets us at our lowest, picking us up and moving us forward into all He has called us to.
The bible is clear, God is the author and the finisher of our faith. He will do all the work so that He will get all the glory.
Today, with whatever you have in your hands, from whichever platform you stand on and with whatever gifts and talents you’ve been uniquely blessed with- you, as well, can be found in His purpose.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
1. How do you navigate your ups and downs? Do they draw you towards God’s grace or away from His presence in shame?
2. Assuming that God has specifically given you what you have in your hands right now, how does that move you toward your God given purpose?
God, give us the ability to see you, to hear from you. Help us understand and obey your words. Open the eyes of our hearts so that we will see how undeserving of your love and grace we are. Break down our defense walls and help us surrender in humility and a grateful spirit for all you have done for us and on our behalf. Soften our hearts so that we can walk with you, for your glory.