Saturday, October 11, 2014
Getting better or trusting more.
I love sitting on my porch. I am with Jesus and I reflect on life. I love the lights small and bright. It reminds me of the light within each of us. The other night I began to think of an occasion when my dad was Jesus love to me and His grace. I had gotten a speeding ticket and went to Danny. I was in high school and Danny college at Alabama. I said can you help me. I have gotten a ticket and I don't want my dad to find out. He will not be mad but he will be so disappointed in me. He said sure. The next day my dad said do you have something you want to tell me. I was stunned. How did he know I said maybe something I should tell you but nothing I want to tell you. He said are you alright Debs? I said yes dad. My dad was building inspector and the ladies at the court house had told him. He always had a way of finding out what I did. He said are you alright? I said yes sir. He said do you need anything. Do you have it all taken care of. I said yes dad. He said I love you. You always know you can tell me anything.
This instance made me think...do we get better or do we trust more? My dad wanted me to trust His love for me. He was not angry or disappointed. He already knew the truth. He was so for me.
We know we are becoming more like Jesus but does this mean we get better? Most would say yes. I want to share my thinking on this. Our flesh does not get any better. But we die to living out of the flesh and learn to live by the Spirit. The Spirit of Jesus. We allow Jesus to live His life through us more and more as we trust in Him and not ourselves.
The closer we get to the cross the more we see our depravity of our flesh and the more we see we need Jesus. We are becoming more holy but not by getting the flesh to act better but to trust in Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.
Jesus said you must be born again. We are new creations in Christ. With a new identity. We are saints who sin but that sin does not define us. We are identified with the death and resurrection of Christ. We are redeemed. We have a new heart and a mind like Christ. We have His Spirit of Jesus and the Father and we are set apart and secure in Him. We are righteous with His righteousness, totally loved and accepted. Never forgotten but our sins are never remembered. We are a child of the King. It is believing it is Christ plus nothing and that we are who He says we are. The way up is down. It is a broken and contrite heart. One that knows its desperate need for Jesus. We have the beauty of Jesus. A new heart and a mind like His. We are defined by being in Christ, loved, accepted and forgiven, secure in Him.