I was on lunch break today and I failed to bring my UnderCover book to read. So I looked in my shoulder bag (or manpurse) and noticed that I had a small book in there. So I grabbed it on my way up to the food court @ SU.
As I was reading through, there seem to be several parallels to the UnderCover book. Constant references to how God views the heart of man and that submission to His will and willingness to abide in Him and vice versa. One paragraph seemed to jump out at me.
“A Paradox” from page 7
“First Corinthians 15:10 contains a great paradox. ‘By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harded than all of them-yet not I, but the grace of God that was in me.’ Our character is developed fully by the power and grace of God which works within us. Yet, it is also a conscious decision we make to bring our mind, heart, and actions into line with God’s will.”
The Man God Uses by Henry and Tom Blackaby
God’s grace seems to empower us to do what it is that we are called to do…which is to worship and glorify Him. Through everything that we are we should point all thoughts, prayers, words, actions, and all that we are, which if we call on the name of God and live in the presence of the Holy Spirit, we are sons of God. Then we can cast off our old self since we are no longer bound to live in fear of what used to be since we can call on our Abba, Father for all that we need…including the strength and maturity in Christ.
This has been promised to be a journey from our first breaths to our last. I find encouragement in that. Why? God is everlasting. Unlike people in our lives, God will always be your constant. And as we are created in His image, we, too, to are to be constant in our faith, unwavering, and steadfast.