Friday, January 23, 2009

my comfort OR God's glory

2 Timothy 1:9 (nlt) --- For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.
When we think about our calling from God and how His grace has touched our lives, we ought to be overwhelmed in big ways.  In fact the real question is, what happens to me and through me when I am overwhelmed with His truth?
Most of the time nothing happens.  We don't change.  We continue living the same.  What does God have to say about this?
Galatians 5:13 (nlt) --- For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
We are called to love God and love others.  We are called to serve.  So when we do not change.  We see things that tug at our hearts or hear from God and don't change, it is at that time that we need to get honest with ourselves and with God.  It is time to change.
"The greatest blessing I received during those trips to the inner city was seeing God work in situations where He has to.  As a result, I've made it a commitment to consistently put myself in situations that scare me and require God to come through.  When I survey my life, I realize that those times have been the most meaningful and satisfying in my life.  They were the times when I truly experienced life and God." Francis Chan, Crazy Love page 167.
To not be changed, we have to become who God wants us to be and make the difference God has created us and called us to make.  The choice is yours.  The choice is mine: my comfort OR God's glory?
1 Peter 2:9 (nlt) --- But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God's very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

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