Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"For Thy Sake" Part 2

"I have learned by experience that God hath blessed me for Thy sake" (Genesis 30:27).

Recognizing that the faithfulness of the Lord Jesus Christ is the primary basis of God's dealings with us, as opposed to our own faithfulness, will bear many blessed fruits of the Spirit in us.
Most importantly, we will increase in our love for God. "We love Him because He first loved us" (I John 4:19). Genuine devotion to our Heavenly Father is always the fruit of growing understanding and experience of His devotion to us. "Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18). Few illuminations will unveil to us the heart of God more than the light which reveals the Lord Jesus as the basis of all blessing in our lives. Our Father desires a love in and from us that is real, vibrant, and sincere. Only His working in us can birth and increasingly enhance such devotion, and growing awareness of "so great salvation" fans the flame of a true love that blesses the heart of God (Hebrews 2:3).

Seeing more clearly the faithfulness of Christ will also produce the same in us. "Beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, we are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (II Corinthians 3:18). Our faithfulness is a vital focus and consideration of Scripture to which we do well to give much consideration. How we achieve such consecration in practical terms, however, is often misunderstood. Indeed, if we attend ourselves primarily to diligent effort to faithfulness rather than "looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith," we are unintentionally thinking in the carnal-mindedness that leads not to faithfulness, but to spiritual discouragement and paralysis (Romans 8:6). "Consider Him... lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds" (Hebrews 12:3).

Our union with the "heir of all things" makes possible in both fact and living experience the gift of grace whereby we are "joint heirs with Christ" (Hebrews 1:2; Romans 8:17). Growth in this grace and knowledge provides increasingly firm footing for our journey along the path of righteousness whereupon the love of God for us and our love for Him graces our steps. "I have learned by experience that God hath blessed me for Thy sake." Such will be the joyous affirmation to the Lord Jesus by those blessed ones who recognize that Divine favor begins, continues, and evermore flows in the current of the beloved Son.

"This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
(Matthew 3:17)

"He hath made us accepted in the Beloved."
(Ephesians 1:6)

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