A Glory Seed Devotional
God in you – you in God…
One of the biggest mistakes many Christians make with their relationship with God is to only go half way. What I mean by that is people are good at working God into their life but fail at working their life into to God’s life.
Working God into our lives is not only easy but is desirable as illustrated in Isaiah. “You must not fear, for I am with you; you must not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, indeed I will help you, indeed I will take hold of you with the right hand of my salvation.” (Isaiah 41:10, LEB)
On the other hand working our life into God’s life isn’t quite as easy and is outlined by James in austere language. “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded! Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to gloominess. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” (James 4:8–10, LEB)
I discovered just before my cardiac bypass surgery the doctors would hook me up to a heart machine and stop my heart while they repaired it. I remember a wave of fear brushed over me as I was being prepared for the surgery. This morning as I reflect back on that experience I realize that when we commit ourselves to God in our life and our life in God’s life it’s like we exchange hearts with Jesus. Our hearts beat in Jesus and Jesus’ heart beats in us. And the good news is Jesus’ heart is eternal and not temporary like yours and mine!
Since that life changing day at St. John’s Providence Hospital Jesus’ words in Luke chapter 9 have taken on a deeper and life-exchanging meaning for me. And I know if you commit to them they will change your life as well. “And he said to them all, “If anyone wants to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross every day and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life on account of me, this person will save it.” (Luke 9:23–24, LEB)
You in God – God in you! It doesn’t get any better than that!
Believe it! Experience it!
Grace and PEACE,
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“Turn to the Lord! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6, CEV)
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