After the Inspiration Comes Work

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In the mornings I usually make time to read some of the bible and some of the devotional, “My Utmost for His Highest”.  In my opinion, this has been the best devotional I’ve ever used because I can use it daily year after year and still get something from it.

Anyway, yesterday I was reading a section that had the following inspiration for following God in the day to day that really resonated with me:

The life of faith is not a life of mounting up with wings , but a life of walking and not fainting.  It is not a question of sanctification; but of something infinitely further on than sanctification, of faith that has been tried and proved and has stood the test

Often times when I feel as if I’m close with God, that moment is preceded by reality and the trials of life.  I think after reading this, that’s because God wants to nurture and reaffirm us in our own faith, but then tells us to “Go” and start working.

It’s the working part that I struggle with.  If I could sing Kirk Franklin songs all day, I’m sure following God would be easier and more would follow.  But instead, I read the words in Phillipians 2:5 that say:

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus; Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

Reading both of these side by side, it is apparent that Jesus understood that he had times where he would be glorified and united with God, and times that he would need to hit the ground running.  This very concept of Jesus taking the nature of a servant, is the ultimate example of how to respond to the inspiration of God.

My personal prayer is that I don’t remain in the comfort of my relationship with God, but that I seek ways to move forward to serve.

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