God’s ultimate goal for His people is that we grow up into Christ in all things. However daunting of a goal that may be, we were created to talk like Jesus, think like Jesus, walk like Jesus and to value the things that Jesus values. Through the scripture and His indwelling Spirit, God has provided us with everything that we need to rise to the occasion! Sadly enough, we oftentimes do not believe God and/or we don’t agree with His way of doing things. Let’s take Jesus command for us to take up our cross daily and follow Him. It sounds like a noble enough thing to do, especially in light of what Jesus has done for us. However, the practical working out of selflessly putting ourselves out there like that every day goes against our self-preservation nature. Placing others’ needs and interests before our own, seeking to understand rather than to be understood and relinquishing control of things in our lives stretches us. Then there is the matter of walking by faith and not by what we discern with the five senses that God gave us. Life can feel like a great paradox for those who are aspiring to please the One.
There are a couple things that we should always keep in mind, especially when the plumb line seems to fade. # We are sojourners on this earth called to die to sin and the things of this world. The world system is wicked and against all that is holy, good and just. It is only when our hearts are set on heaven that we can usher God’s Kingdom onto the earth. # Secondly, we must remember that Jesus is our example. Those who profess the mighty name of Jesus Christ are called to follow Him. His witness is true and He is perfect. The rest of us can and often will fail one another because of our humanity. We should maintain a ready heart to forgive and keep our heart open to those God brings into your life. # The final thing I would like to mention is that the Bible alone is the inspired Word of God. The Holy Spirit is the great teacher and He reveals truth through the Scripture. There are many good books and gifted teachers but none of them replace the Bible and the Holy Spirit. Embrace other books and teachings where they agree with the Word and the Spirit and reject them where they do not. Scripture speak to everything in life; defining what a healthy marriage is, instructing us how to raise our families and gives us a strategy for bringing about transformation in all of society. We must let the Word be our expectation for what is possible and what is important. In so doing, we are postured to be a vessel of honor for the Lord.