May 14th, 2004


Good to great

We have to develop godly habits to express what God’s grace has done in us. It is not just a question of being saved from hell, but of being saved so that "the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body" [see 2 Corinthians 4:8-10]. And it is adversity that makes us exhibit His life in our mortal flesh. Is my life exhibiting the essence of the sweetness of the Son of God, or just the basic irritation of "myself" that I would have apart from Him? The only thing that will enable me to enjoy adversity is the acute sense of eagerness of allowing the life of the Son of God to evidence itself in me. No matter how difficult something may be, I must say, "Lord, I am delighted to obey You in this." Instantly, the Son of God will move to the forefront of my life, and will manifest in my body that which glorifies Him.

...Our circumstances are the means God uses to exhibit just how wonderfully perfect and extraordinarily pure His Son is. Discovering a new way of manifesting the Son of God should make our heart beat with renewed excitement.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (14 May, "The Habit of Enjoying Adversity")

There it is again, in different words: " that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies." That's what obedience is about for the Christian. Just like yesterday, I'm nearly dumbstruck—what would the world look like if Christians, if I, stopped fooling around with disobedience? It wouldn't be just a bunch of squeaky clean, "straight-and-narrow" Ned Flanders types, living wholesome, moral lives and listening to Focus on the Family. We would see the life of Jesus manifested in our bodies. If we don't believe that would change our world, the very basis of our faith is rubbish.

Relaxing at Victrola now. Day off today, Finance Team tomorrow morning. At home I have a mango, purchased last night. It's a good life.
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