Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
The Greatest Mystery Ever Uncovered…
I normally write Glory Seed Devotionals myself but every once in awhile I read in another devotional something so powerful and inspirational the need arises for me to share it with those who might not ever be touched by it. Today’s Glory Seed Devotional comes from James Ryle “Rylisms” for yesterday. (I have obtained prior permission to use portions of Ryle’s writings.**)
“My friends,” Philemon said to all of us in the Hall, “This is the great Life Lesson I learned from Paul; and it has made all the difference for me in everything I do.”
Perhaps this illustration will help you see it clearly for yourself.
I am holding a glove in my hand. It is made of the finest Corinthian leather, and stitched together with hand-woven silk thread from the Orient. The attention to detail is impeccable in every way.
But this glove was made for a purpose; it was made to be worn on my hand. Apart from me this glove can do nothing. Despite its high quality of design and materials, its fashion and its form – it is nothing until I place my hand inside of it. Once that occurs, then and only then does the glove fulfill its purpose. And with my hand placed securely inside the glove, the glove can now do whatever my hand can do while wearing it.
Thus it could be said that my hand in the glove is the glove’s hope of glory; that is, the glove’s only opportunity of fully becoming what it was made to be.
The same is true and you and me. We were made for a purpose; one that will never be realized apart from our Lord Jesus Christ. Once Christ puts His presence and power into our lives – then we can do whatever Christ can do through us! Paul’s timeless words become our very own, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!’
This is our hope of glory!
In Christ – the defeated become victorious; the weak become strong; the poor become rich! In Christ – the lame are made to leap and dance; the blind are made to see; the enslaved are set free and rejoice!
In Christ – the lowly are raised up; the brokenhearted are healed; sinners are forgiven, and backsliders are restored! In Christ –dreamers are envisioned; builders are empowered; and all are strengthened with might in their inner man!
In Christ – in Christ alone! By Grace – by Grace alone!!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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