Here’s what I was reading in the early hours this morning…….”If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if His love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a hear, if you care – then do me a favor. Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front, don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” Philippians 2:1-4 the message.
I wonder if through these holidays, you, like me, need a reminder of how we are to behave as Christ followers. I wonder. I know that there are so many things I am thankful for. That seems to be the easy part. But I also know that with ALL the extended family, and tension that may arise, if I am ready to put on Christ. If I am ready to represent Him well. Especially if I am going to be around those who may not know Him, or are following Him at this time.
I read this yesterday – I will leave this thought with you. Maybe, just maybe, if we really work hard letting Christ work in us, this Thanksgiving will be the best we ever remember. Let’s have grateful hearts, and Christ-like attitudes. In His power. To God be the glory……..
……from Streams in the Desert, dated November 25- “To Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory. Ephesians 3:20-21. In no other place does the apostle Paul use these seemingly redundant words: ‘immeasurably more than all’. Each work is packed with God’s infinite love and power ‘to do’ for His praying believers. Yet there is the following limitation: ‘according to His power that is at work within us.’ He will only do as much for us as we will allow Him to do in us. The same power that saved us, washed us with His blood, filled us with the power of His Holy Spirit, and protected us through numerous temptations will work for us to meet every emergency, every crisis, every circumstance, and every adversary.”