Certainly, I count anything as loss mainly because of the surpassing worth of being aware of Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all factors and count them as rubbish, in order that I may well achieve Christ (Philippians three:eight).
Our final weblog post discussed Jesus’ strategy to purging or pruning factors that do not bear fruit in our lives. Now we’ll appear at Paul’s technique.
Once more, it is a easy 1, for our Gospel is generally easy, unless we muddle it up with our personal interpretations. Paul’s pruning course of action asks 1 query: does this activity/object/connection improve my intimacy with Jesus and His anointing on my life? If the answer is no, then in the garbage bin it goes. Something we give up in order to know Jesus is properly worth the sacrifice.
If there is a connection in your life that leaves you with much less peace and additional agitation, then look at altering the nature of that connection. If there is an activity that may be of interest at the time, but afterwards leaves a sour taste in your mouth, throw it in the trash bin.
If we want to take seriously our commitment to creating Jesus the Lord of our lives, we have to be prepared to discard anything that does not improve His Lordship.
Take time in this new year to evaluate your rhythms, schedules, habits, and literal stuff asking Paul’s query: does this improve my intimacy with Jesus? If not, get rid of it. You in all probability will not miss it 1 bit!
You are my Father, and I come to You for Fatherly advise. You are all-smart, all-being aware of, and all-loving, as properly as all-effective. What a amazing Resource of anything I will need!
Abba, would you grant me wisdom as I reevaluate my life and my ambitions in this new year? Would you please assistance me to see factors I am at the moment blind to? Would you give me a keen sense of self-awareness to know the factors that are holding me back from really being aware of You and Your Son, and from completely enjoying the Spirit’s life that lives inside my spirit?
I will need Your wisdom. Thank You that You invite me to ask for this. I want to rid of my life of something that does not market intimacy with You. I get this wisdom in faith, not wavering a bit, for I know Your character: You are the ideal of Fathers, and I count on You for suggestions and path. My ears are open. Lead me with Your nevertheless, modest voice. Lead me with the peace that You give–or do not give. Lead on I will comply with.
Give me courage to toss something and anything that does not improve Your presence of joy in my life. Even if this suggests spending much less time with nominal Christians and additional time with these who do not even know You exist so that I can bring Your easy gospel of adore to them.
Give me grace to throw out something in my theology that is not Accurate, any theology that does not call for faith, any theology that says You are something but Fantastic!
Give me courage to dispose of appointments in my schedule that influence my faith negatively. I say, “Yes” to You and, “No” to anything else.
I am all Yours, God.
In Jesus’ Name
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