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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: "...so 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.


mango(e?)s are great.
though coffee is my true passion.
Mangoes make everything better! I got two last weekend, and it was so exciting knowing they were waiting to be eaten. :)

I Concur

Amen, brother Banzai.
Oh my. Fooling around with disobedience is just what my officemate and I were discussing today -- err, rather, I was listening and trying to soak in as she spoke. What hit me strongly (but I felt too embarressed to admit) was her emphasis on obedience in the small things.

"Why am I not growing?" or "Why don't my bosses trust me?" are so often questions because people try to do what is right in their own eyes, rather than obeying instructions. If the instruction is to start a presentation at 10:15 and an employee doesn't start it until 10:31 because he thinks it will work out better that way, regardless of right or wrong, that employee has just disobeyed and pushed himself away from gaining wisdom.

I know the verses about showing responsibility in small things, but until today (between you and my officemate), I never really considered obedience as such a vital and important training ground for the Christian life.

It all comes back to pride, huh? Me thinking more highly of myself than of others.... (Philippians 2 stuff)

hey now

My toes are quite flattened now, as I listen to Focus on the Family nearly every day. I don't try to live a squeaky clean life because I know that is not possible though. I want to know Jesus. I want to impact my environment for Him. I want to, should He tarry, have a part in a legacy of faith in my family for generations. I want to be an unseen presence because of what I have passed down, true reliance on Christ.

Re: hey now

Didn't intend to flatten toes, or suggest that FotF is inherently bad, or do much of anything beyond write my thoughts in my journal. I said obedience wouldn't just look like those things I listed, and I stand by that. That doesn't mean that clean living or good families are bad things; only that the Kingdom of God is not defined by or limited to these things alone. I doubt that's a position that conflicts with yours, and I apologize if that was unclear.


It's your journal, write away!

Secondly, you're right. Christianity is not about trendy things, and what's popular in our clicks. It is about following Christ.

I wasn't mad, just know I've been pretty dry lately as to my relationship, which is not God's fault, it is mine. Got to go to the fountain if you want the water...okay, that was cheezy...

Thank you.