that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death. Philippians 3:10
What has happened to January? At first I couldn't believe it was here, and now I can't believe it is almost gone. Where does the time go? I guess my life is busy, but it's more than that. It is said that time seems to move quicker as we age.
It doesn't actually change, we do. Although I can't figure out why we feel it is moving faster. Maybe it's because we think of all the things we have already accomplished. It seems as if we have lived our lives.
Nothing could be further from the truth! God has great things planned for all the moments of our lives. Paul says he wants to know Christ, even the trials of His life. The suffering as well as death. Why does this great man of God want to suffer?
Paul wants to grow closer to God, and suffering is the avenue in which God uses to bring himself out in us. I wish He had another way, but we learn best from our trials. Life is full of good and bad, so why not allow Jesus to use it all for good?
The only way we can learn the power of God and especially resurrection power is to be dead. God can't resurrect himself in us if we don't first lay down our lives. Jesus says," I say to you, except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it dies it bears much fruit." John 12:24 Our fleshly ways are the opposite of His nature. He is Holy, righteous, and good always.
Fulfillment comes from denying our ways, and taking up His. We can soar in the presence of God only when we release our will and take up His. The battle wages on between my will and His at times. Humility obeys the will of the Father, but pride holds on to self.
Now I have to tell myself, don't fret, certainly God is faithful to work with us as He is our loving heavenly Father. His grace is sufficient, not that grace is an excuse to disobey. Never will God's grace be a cover up for sin. Grace is given as we comply with the goodness of God, and allow Him to work.
I always rejoice in the Lord when He brings me through a hard time, and I can see Him working in me. The process isn't as bad once I understand the outcome. God isn't interested in putting hardship on us, but He is interested in seeing Himself in us.
Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27b