James 1:4 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (NLT)
I received Jesus Christ as my Savior rather early in life. I was saved. I was confident. And in the words of Oswald Chambers, I was "slovenly". I didn't do anything that differently. Other than the fact that I attended church, no one would have seen me as having anything different.
We are supposed to live our lives set apart for Christ.
I have had to "persevere" through many trials (this could be a bit of an understatement) and it has strengthened my faith in ways that I cannot even begin to describe. When I face yet another challenge and choose not to abandon my faith, that is when it grows stronger. That is when my relationship with Jesus gets deeper.
Not only must our relationship to God be right, but the external expression of that relationship must be right. ~ Oswald Chambers My Utmost...
When I take my eyes off Him, when I get lazy and fall into self-pity, or anger... or apathy - that is when I reveal the truth about myself. I am still not entirely His yet. My thoughts are on me instead of God's will for me. I want to be entirely His so I will persevere.
Watch the slipshod bits- "Oh, that will have to do for now." Whatever it is, God will point it out with persistence until we are entirely His. ~ Oswald Chambers My Utmost...
Melinda started her fifth year of her devotions reading Oswald Chamber's My Utmost for His Highest. In 2015 she has made the commitment to share what this year's journey. Taking a detour, she began living Every Day With Jesus