Aspiring for Greatness
Aspiring for greatness seems like a noble endeavor. However, if we seek our definition of self worth through our achievements we are on the wrong path. It will never be enough.
There is nothing we can accomplish that will make us any more worthy of God’s love. We must let go of any aspiration built on self accomplishment. Instead we must cling to the truth that is the promise of His word.
We are free from the old, dead ways which we once used defined self. We are free from endless introspection and comparisons with our brothers and sisters that leave us feeling “less than.” We are free to love and to be loved, not for what we have done, but for who we are in Christ Jesus!
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” Romans 8:38-39.
The Priceless Free Gift
What I would have given everything for, cost me nothing.
The relationship I would have died for makes me more alive than ever.
The past that haunts me and tells me I am not enough has been erased and overwritten with a future filled with God’s love and grace.
All praises, honor and glory in the name of Jesus!
Now, before your half-hearted reading of these words shifts over to another post, I offer you the opportunity to RECEIVE these words and affirm them before the LORD today.
If we truly understood the devastating consequences of sin and the enormity of the blessing offered to us through Christ’s sacrifice, we would pay any price to be the heirs of salvation. Yet we paid nothing. It was a free gift and no payment was required nor would any buy us into God’s Kingdom and His promise.
Relationship… Oh how I had longed for a love that would last! Yet the love of this world failed me. It was conditional on my behavior. It was the kind of thing that was earned and then had to be managed and maintained. If it was betrayed (and I have done as much betraying as I have experience betrayal) it was irrevocably lost.
Yet God has proven faithful in my faithlessness. He has proven loving even in those times where my heart has grown cold. He has graced me with the kind of relationship I would have died for and yet it is His love which has breathed life into me.
My past… As hard as I tried to erase it, my past always seemed to haunt me. Even my identity was largely a product of my past and it was my failures that seemed to outweigh my successes. So my identity was rooted in my past works. I tried writing a new future for myself but the past was always there nagging and reminding me that who I was and who I am is the sum total of my past failures.
Yet God has overwritten our pasts. He says that our transgressions are removed from us as far as the east is from the west. Not only has He erased, but He has rewritten. While we were associated with words like, “failure,” “unfaithful,” and “shameful” He calls us “New creatures” and His “Sons and daughters.”
Doesn’t this reality fill you with praise?
Doesn’t it make you want to give Him glory?
Now that you have RECEIVED THE WORD in your heart, what’s holding you back?
~ Mitch Salmon