I’m not where I want to be, but I know how to get there.
Priorities + Time = Magic.
Sanctification is a process, y’all. Bear with me. It isn’t like I’m supposed to sit here and wait to be beamed up like Scotty to a whole new level of spirituality. (Sorry Trekkies. No offense.)
MHE. Maximum Human Effort.
What does Philippians say?
work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (2:12)
Paul’s letter also says,
for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (2:13)
David wrote one of my favorite passages ever. I’d say it fits into this little monologue quite well.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
For the evildoers shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. (37:3-9)
One of Christ’s greatest gifts to me is my friend group. Accountability is a beautiful thing. It isn’t a substitute for my direct relationship with the Lord, but it is certainly an instrument He uses in my life to make me more like Him. I’m not alone in this, but before I start stabbing another person’s eye out, I will beat myself up…publicly. (Assuming there’s at least one other person reading this blog….)
I’m human. I’m broken. I’m a sinner.
All the time.
At a lot of things in life.
I fall behind.
Sometimes I feel like I’m on a plateau.
I ask for forgiveness…for not being the friend I’m called to be.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
I’m doing this???
I need to be.
I wish I could say all my relationships were reciprocal.
I don’t want this post to turn into a grumble fest, so I will close with these thoughts…not my own:
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love,
love one another earnestly from a pure heart. (1 Peter 1:22)
Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!(Psalm 133:1)