For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Hebrews 4:12-13
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:1-6
Today’s thoughts from today’s verses:
The Hebrews 4 passage reminds us that we are God’s creatures (He made us) and that His word speaks to our true condition, completely penetrating and revealing to us what we are really like. What God’s word reveals as true of all human beings, God sees specifically as He views each one of us personally, directly, and entirely. Here is the take on the purpose of these verses: since what we are really like is known by the One who made us and since our true condition is revealed to us in Scripture, we, who avoid such scrutiny and are not in touch with our true condition, need to let God and His word do their work. When we do we will be set free from our denial of all that remains unexposed and unavailable to the transforming touch of God, who is waiting and ready to bring to us all the help we so desperately need for exchanging the world’s ways for His ways.
Humility is all about embracing completely the reality that we don’t have what it takes for all this but God does. That’s what the Gospel is about – God coming to dwell in us by His Spirit on the basis of our being cleansed through the blood of Christ so that He does in us and through us that which pleases Him and which we on our own could not otherwise bring about. Is it not high time that we move from the place of denial of our true condition to the place of full acceptance of and participation in God’s complete provision for genuine transformation of life? Humility is all about embracing completely the reality that we don’t have what it takes but that God does. If this is true and it is certainly is, then the key for gaining victory over favoritism/prejudice in all its forms is finding and maintaining such humility before God. When we do this we will view and treat all others properly and equally because we will be experiencing and dispensing the unconditional and unprejudiced love of God.
Today’s prayer response from today’s thoughts:
Lord, I confess that I tolerate a lot more in my own life than I tolerate in the lives of others. Teach me the kind of humility and dependence that overcomes this. Keep me from slipping back into thinking I have what it takes and can somehow offer you something of value on my own. It really is all about grace and being “in Christ.” Thank you for the blessing of redemption and transformation. I choose the way of grace. Amen!