Wednesday, May 16, 2012
When to Flex
I know God is strong, much stronger than me in every way. I also know, though, that He expects me to do some things on my own. Which is which?
One part I understand--God is in charge of the impossible. He will absolutely do what I cannot. In fact, He has already done this.
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.--Romans 5:8
While I wasn't paying attention, God saved me. He did the hard part, the otherwise impossible part. Having done that, He turned my head to face Him. Now, together we can do the easier part, the job of changing me.
If, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life?--Romans 5:10
In effecting salvation, God gave me life, Spirit, and a promise for the future. Will He now drop me on my head if I find myself too weak to complete the job? Of course not.
I must flex my muscle, as far as my strength allows, to accomplish my job in Christ. But what is that job?
Simply put, my job in Him is to be holy.
Just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.--1Peter 1:15
Can I accomplish holiness because I am strong or smart? No, but I can do it because Christ's power lives in me. As I do everything I can, He continues to do the impossible, right beside me, the end already in hand, His glory at my fingertips.
Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ.--Ephesians 1:3