Thursday, July 5, 2012

“His Faithfulness, Our Faithfulness”

   Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ rightly desire our lives to be characterized by increasing faithfulness to God.  We attain such advancement by increasing knowledge of the faithfulness of God.

    “Consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds” (Hebrews 12:3).

    Nothing carries us further down the path of righteousness, or lifts us up when we have fallen, than fresh remembrance of our Lord’s abiding devotion to us.  The Lord Jesus “ever liveth to make intercession” for us in His heavenly High Priestly ministry (Hebrews 10:25).  Grace and mercy therefore flow from the throne of God, providing strength for today’s journey, and restoration when in our minds we seem “wearied and faint.”  Who is the Lord Jesus?  What has He done for us?  What is He doing?  What does He promise to do forevermore?  These are the issues of faithfulness, His faithfulness, that inspire our own devotion when we “look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).

    Focusing on our own faithfulness leads to despair at best, and pride at worst.  Certainly, a place exists in our understanding for attending ourselves to faithful devotion.  We rightly avail ourselves of the gifts God gives to “exercise…thyself unto godliness” (I Timothy 4:7).  All is done, however, through the motivating and empowering influence of Christ’s perfect consecration to God and to us.  The grace of His faithfulness instills Divinely-provided desire to “walk, even as He walked” (I John 2:6).  Our faithfulness thus proceeds from His faithfulness, or as the Apostle Paul declared of God’s dynamic means of genuine spiritual growth in Christ…

“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)

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