- "Your own desire to look good can drain your energy. I am your Master, and I do not drive you to be what you are not." - Jesus Calling
- "For you once were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. WALK as children of the light." - Ephesians 5:8
Monday, July 22, 2013
From Dark to Light
Nothing to do with my post, but I love this picture :)
[sunset over the horse pasture]
It's been a while since I've sat down to write about anything that had something to do with heart me and not random, rambling, this is what I've been doing me. I haven't had anything really to write about, to be honest. In the craziness that is summer, things that should be important like Christ and devotion and morning quiet time tend to fall behind more often than not. But I sat up in bed this morning & wasn't really ready to start my day...so I reached over to Jesus Calling and flipped to today's entry. Crazy how Christ is willing to use something as simple as me being lazy to teach me gracefilled truth.
Two statements from my reading this morning REALLY stuck out to me:
Reading this statement and this verse one after another made something click. If anyone has the right to demand anything from me, it's Christ. An all-powerful, all-encompassing, sovereign God who loves and loves perfectly has every right, is almost expected, to turn around and demand the same of me. He deserves it. He deserves more. Not only that, but He has every right to demand and then punish when I am unable to live up to the standards and requests that He makes of me. And yet, He does not call me to be what I am not....He changes what I am. Does that make sense? I'm not sure if everything is making it out of my head in one piece :P
As a child of darkness, I was unable to seek Christ. I couldn't become what He demand I become to stand in His presence...but instead of accepting my inability or lowering the standard, Christ took me, changed my very structure, and formed me into the very thing He was asking me to become. I didn't do anything. Christ drew the finish line, noted my distance from it, picked me up, carried me across, and essentially finished my race for me. AH.
From dark to light, from forsaken to forgiven, from abandoned to treasure, I am eternally at the mercy and grace of an overwhelming Lord & Savior...and that is possibly the most comforting thing I've been able to grasp in a long time :)
Linking up pretty early this morning with Melissa at the Friend Connect Blog Hop! You might also know her from The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife. So, click on one of those lovely links OR the picture below, and check it out! :)