At the probing of the Lord, a question from a brother, and the last few weeks with Jonah (the pitiful prophet), I woke this morning with some things on my heart & mind that I wanted to share with my brothers & sisters in the hope of encouraging our mission with Jesus in Fredericksburg & beyond.
One of our brothers asked me this morning, "How do I prepare my mind for action?" I cannot fight faithfully without "setting my hope" on the Master's return, the glory to be revealed & the gracious words "well done good & faithful", AND--in the interim--following His example:
Keeping away from those He has called me to love is no way to keep "clean". His prayer of protection was for those "in but not of", those seeking the sick, proclaiming hope, suffering sinners, and loving the lost. The safest place to be is near the Savior.
Can I recall what Jesus rescued me from? Can I recall how undeservedly He sought & loved me? Can I recall the bitter sweet revelation of my sin and Savior? Have I forgotten His incarnation, His cross, my wrath He absorbed, His forgiveness I need, His triumph over my sin, His resurrection from the dead, His Great Commandment, His promise to keep, His Spirit to guide?
Honestly, do I believe I am His, bought by His blood, sealed by His Spirit? If I did, would I be so afraid to live on mission, to be overcome rather than overcome, as though somehow the Father's grip will slip?
O Jesus, make me like You. I believe, help my unbelief.
Church family, be encouraged. He who began this good work in us will bring it to pass, BUT that does not mean we have no participation in the process. He commands our involvement, to make choices today: the broad or the narrow, fear or faith. The choice is not "them" OR "Him". He is the only One. His Spirit dwells in us to change our hearts, our desires, our preferences, to align our cares with His, our obedience to the Son, and our love to the Father.
Brothers & sisters, by the grace of our Father, may we be a faithful family that lives on mission with Jesus.
By grace, abiding in Him with you,