Wednesday, March 08, 2006

On the Grace of Being God's

Andy:

When I teach from Matthew 5 and come to "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth," you might remember that meekness (gentleness, NASB) does not mean a condition in which one defames himself, but rather a relational position where one is willing to be controlled.

If one agrees with God's statements about His Son, then it follows that all that this person is -- the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful-- is reconciled and therefore for good use to our Lord. I dare not subdue who I am with the purpose of hoping to be better accepted by God (or whom ever fills that need in our life). All that I am is received by God through Christ. My mind and will are set upon the Spirit and therefore the whole of me walks according to the Spirit. If I am willing to have God be in control of all of me, the good and the bad, then it is through His life that He finds pleasure in me (Phil 2: 13).

Therefore, if God comes to you and in a quiet moment and reveals what a blessing you are to Him in all of your gifts, talents, and just plain great personality, instead of convicting you of something (which most of us believe to be the Spirit's only job) then I think we need to receive it as part of his life in us and enjoy the fact that in this space and time you are his person doing just what he intends for you to be doing. Enjoy the glow...Heck, celebrate it!

1 Comments:

Blogger Andy Rodriguez said...

Thanks to you all for your comments. They have been quite helpful. Mr. Lawson, thanks for the prayer. Mr. Startk, thanks for your temporary confession of a philosophical defeat. Mr. Moore, thanks for your help in understanding the issue. You state: "humility is your treatment of the other not your perception of yourself." I can honestly say that i get a great amount of joy by meeting the needs of others, even before mine. I love it actually. Honestly, it is not my treatment of others that I struggle with, rather, it is an elevated view of self. I think you hit it on the head when you said: arrogance is still unbecoming of one redeemed by the Christ. According to the biblical definition, I am a pretty humble guy (that is to say, i enjoy and try to often put the needs of others before the needs of my own). Maybe it is not pride that I struggle with. Maybe it is arrogance. Either way, I would rather not. Yet I feel that even though reading these posts i have found myself being less and less arrogant.
Mr. Marks - you have no idea how much i love and miss you. It was great to see you a couple days ago. You better believe I am going to celebrate the ways he is able to use my gifts and talents and hopefully will continue to. I love it! I am just trying not to revel in my intellegence and abilities so much that I think others don't know what they are doing and I could do it better (that certainly hasnt been the case in the most recent chapel sermons. Gosh, they have been good!!!)
Mr. Fish, thanks for correcting my greek mistakes and being a constant reminder to me that it is all about Him. By the way, Woody's grades are due monday so if you could finish up the grading that would be great!
Again, thanks a lot friends. I love you all. Grace and peace.

March 9, 2006 at 8:22 PM  

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