Sometimes I think it’s important that we remind ourselves that our walk with the Lord is most often in small steps of progress, a bit of stumbling, a whole lot of getting up again with a view to walking in His Grace, and that He is always in control, full of unquenchable love, and ready to forgive and restore!
Each of our stories is therefore going to be a little bit different than the next as we relate to Jesus. We need to surrender our will to Him – what is already reckoned as so – as we were crucified, raised up, and seated with Him in heavenly places.
It’s not like a quick trip to the fast food drive through, or even necessarily instantaneous spiritual gratification – on tap and having it our way. Otherwise we run the risk of always comparing ourselves to someone else, judging ourself, or our brother or sister in Christ as either “being there” or not “being there” (as in he or she seems so complete, but I’m not).
It’s important to remember that “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) Yes! His workmanship. So what we need to do is “show up for work” daily, continually receiving it!
And so we affirm with Paul, “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12) Now there’s a mouthful of manna to chew on, swallow, and digest!
No small order here! So with the apostle we too might want to pray, “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Ehesians 3:14-19)
May this be our understanding and experience through Jesus Christ our Lord, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.