Wednesday, October 3, 2018

"Our Greatest Ability"

"Our Greatest Ability

     The old saying rings Biblically true: our greatest ability is availability, to God and to people.

     "Yield yourselves unto God as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God" (Romans 6:13).

     Our Heavenly Father calls believers to devote spiritually resurrected selves united with the risen Christ, along with our earthly faculties and members as His tools of life and ministry to others.  We belong to Him for such holy purpose.  His indwelling love revealed in our hearts through the Holy Spirit turns us inside out, as it were.  While our natural, fleshly disposition tempts us to self-centered devotion to our own needs - "the flesh lusteth against the Spirit" - the Word of God beckons us to believe the truth of Whose we are, and who we are in Christ.  "I am thine… Ye are not your own" (Galatians 5:17; Psalm 119:94; I Corinthians 6:19).  Such faith and yielding of ourselves and our "instruments of righteousness" leads to the Holy Spirit making use of our availability to reveal His ability.  "Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might" (Ephesians 6:10).

    We can live this day as if we belong to ourselves.  Darkness.  We can live this day as if our own needs and desires are paramount.  Death.  We can live this day as if we must guide and enable ourselves by our own human devices.  Delusion.  "The way of the wicked is as darkness… To be carnally minded is death… Without Me, ye can do nothing" (Proverbs 4:19; Romans 8:6; John 15:5).  Conversely, we can live this day in the light, life, and leading of the One whose availability to us empowers our heart's availability to Him and others.  "Here am I, send me" affirmed the prophet in the trusting acknowledgment of Whose and who he was (Isaiah 6:3).  The same path lies before us in this day, although we possess far greater light than Isaiah because of the indwelling Spirit and illuminating Bible.  Let us begin this day by employing our ability, our greatest ability of availability

"We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture...Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto the Lord, which is your reasonable service."
(Psalm 100:3; Romans 12:1)

Weekly Memory Verse
     What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.
(Psalm 56:3)

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