11/20/12

Light of His Love

Ephesians 2:8-9
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, let anyone should boast."

Ephesians 3:16-19
"that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts though faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in LOVE, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height - to know the LOVE of Christ which passes knowledge; that you you may be filled with all the fullness of God."

Shift your focus from your performance to My radiant Presence. The Light of My Love shines on you continually, regardless of your feelings or behavior. (Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling")

I am so prone to look ahead to my day and try to "do" everything right.

I want to keep my voice tempered.
I want to accomplish my "list."
I want to have dinner ready.
I want to have a clean house.
I want to have well-behaved children.

I am so prone to look at all of these things as conditions by which God gives me His love.

Oh the lie! Oh the selfishness.

God's love is not conditional.  It is abounding - who can know the width, height, depth, and length!?

Am I lying to myself today? Telling myself that if I never raise my voice then God will be proud of me?
Am I being selfish by saying if I do everything I want to do, God will accept me better when I lay my head on the pillow?

God, forgive my selfish, weak heart.  Make me strong, not to "do" - but to realize that Your presence is the most precious thing.  Help me to see that I do nothing to earn your Presence, nor will I ever do anything to keep your Presence.  It is mine.  Your loving gift to me. Amen.

And the beauty - as I realize and dwell in the Presence of Him - my actions will naturally follow.