Paper Tigers & Impressing God
A Write 31 Days Series
Abiding in Him. It is the key to everything we have been talking about.
If we live our live making our home snuggled down into Christ as our identity, as the Holy Spirit dwells inside us, just like the Holy Spirit dwelled inside that ark, inside the Holy of Holies, inside the tabernacle, then we will naturally avoid these paper tiger pitfalls we've been discussing.
It sounds impossible, but our goal is to live a life where you really can't tell where you end and Christ begins. We live as heirs to the great inheritance. We live as sons and daughters adopted into His family. We live as servants, laying down our life for His will. We gain life as we respect and submit to His will, following His example of servanthood.
Abiding in Him makes good works possible, and when we realize that we can do nothing on our own, we know our works can never impress God. The work was always His.
Abiding in Him is how we bear fruit. We don't just behave ourselves, we actually have unnatural, unconditional love for our fellow humans. We have joy on our worst days. We have peace when the world is spinning out of control. We have patience when we cannot muster it on our own. We are outlandishly kind when the flesh wants to lash out. Goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness become how we relate to our fellow Believers and the world. We have self-control when our flesh is weak.
We are not on our own trying to avoid the fear of failing others and trying to avoid people-pleasing. When we remember love is the goal, we know we should treat others with grace and truth, just as Jesus came and lived His life. Grace and truth are only possible through abiding in Him.
We are not on our own hoping that our good works, our service in His Kingdom, will succeed and please God. If we join in His work, as a friend and co-worker, we don't have to worry about pleasing Him. He is pleased with His work. His work succeeds, maybe not by worldly standards, but by Heavenly standards.
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