My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Monday, December 5, 2011
How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, Who seek Him with all their heart.
(Psalms 119:2 NASB)
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;
(Ephesians 5:1 NASB)
and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up
for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
(Ephesians 5:2 NASB)
God is gracious in His love for humanity. His prevenient grace
reaches out to each and every single one of us, but there is a human
response which is required. We must take hold of that which is offered
to us, and once we have taken hold, we must continue to seek the One who
has reached out to us. Over and over again we are told to seek Him, to
seek His face, to desire to know Him with all of our being! Responding
to His grace is simply the first step in a life-long journey, of a
relationship with our God of holy love. There is something synergistic
that happens when one is engaged in the relationship with God, when one
has their eyes fixed on Him. There is a desire to imitate the One who
stands before us. That is why we become imitators of God, we walk in
love, and our lives become a sacrifice to Him. At the same time,
through imitation we are actually transformed into His very image and
likeness. We are His children, and the world begins to see Christ in us
as we continue to walk this journey in His grace.
There is much talk these days about the grace of God which often
times lacks the need for human response to that grace. Paul didn't tell
his followers to "keep on sinning so that grace would abound." No -- he
told people to stop sinning and to become imitators of Christ. We are
asked to put something into the relationship or equation. Many of us
don't like the idea of discipline, whether we're talking about
self-discipline or spiritual discipline. However, it is when we begin
to discipline ourselves that we begin to look like disciples! Human
effort, when placed under the power of God's grace has exponential
This passage in Ephesians included a long list of behaviors to avoid.
We don't really like those lists anymore but the reality is that we
must create some boundaries for our lives. If we are going to be
imitators of Christ, what does that mean for us? What are we going to
do with our free time? Where are we going to hang out? What kind of
jokes are we going to tell? How are we going to spend our money? How
many people are we willing to help today? How much time are we willing
to spend daily in God's holy presence?
Discipline is not a fun word, but it is our human response and
responsibility. Let's jump on board and seek Him with all our being!
It was once said of John Chrysostom, a great church leader of the 4th
century that he "genuflected with his whole being." Shouldn't that be our
desire? That every facet of our lives would be surrendered
wholeheartedly to God on high -- seeking Him and His face every moment
of the day!
Lord, my desire is to step into Your holy grace today as an imitator of Christ. Amen.