Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,
– 2 Timothy 1:8-9
Sweet, sweet Sovereign Lord, You are mine… Oh God, You really are mine… and the thought of knowing I am Yours overwhelms me. All I can think is the song “Who Am I” by Casting Crowns:
Lord that song speaks over and over about the unworthiness of man and yet still we catch the eye of the Righteous Creator… Our Beholder… You continue to prove Your love for us and Your dedication to pursuing the a intimate love relationship with us.
Since the beginning of time that was all You ever desired… to be loved by the one You created… to be sought after… to be worshiped and adored simply for who You are… Lord and who You are is so much more than we will ever comprehend on this side of eternity.
Father, I ask You to forgive me for thinking You should be the one pursuing me and not the other way around. For thinking of myself more worthy, more desirable, more beneficial than You. Oh sweet Jesus I know I have nothing to offer You that would be of any service. Everything I touch I ruin. I contaminate. Even when I put forth my best efforts, the product is still worthless compared to anything You can do.
As I think of that… giving my best that is… conviction falls upon my heart, because I know there have been so many times when my best was required yet all I gave was enough to get by. I held back, and for what… the fear of running out… the fear of exerting too… What did I have to lose? And what did it cost me? I may never know what blessings and treasures I’ve left on the battlefield simply because I refused to put forth the effort to claim them.
Forgive me Father for my laziness. Consume me with the desire to move for You. To seek You well beyond my comfort zone. To actually put foot to water and expect to stand above the waves! I have sat captive for far too long; sitting in the confines of this fleshly vessel choosing only to go as far as I can swim. But Lord I know You have more for me. You have called me to greater waters. You have set me apart and chosen me to perform a good work in and through me.
Today, Lord, as I sat in Your house, worshipping alongside my brothers and sisters in the Lord, I was overcome with emotion. You have chosen the weak, the destitute, the broken, the damaged, the hopeless, the helpless, the worthless, the “lost cause”… You have requested our presence in Your master plan. You haven’t left us standing on the sidelines hoping we are the next one picked. NO! You have chosen to place us in the game and Lord You expect us to allow You to reveal the things You’ve taught us.
So today Lord, I cast aside my old jersey and I put on the only thing I have that is of any worth… Christ’s righteousness… and I wear it with pride. I pray that Your precious Holy Spirit would ignite a fire that burns within me the same as it burned within my Jesus. Fix my eyes ONLY on You and my heart ONLY on MY GOD GIVEN PURPOSE. Oh Lord, may they never wander. May Satan’s attempts to capture my attention be ineffective. May my feet never stumble, and Lord if they do please let it be obvious. Let me not rest until I’ve restored what my sin has broken.
Father I know I have been chosen. I have been appointed. I have been placed on a path prepared by You. I accept whatever I may face on that journey. I trust Your will. I know it is what is best for me and what is best for You. Oh Lord, let me walk as faithful as Christ. Let my faith become bigger than my fears. Refine my heart! Create in me that which resembles Your glorious image. And Lord when I see Your precious face, may I have run the race set before me… may You be able to say well done my good and faithful servant. I ask these things in Jesus precious and holy name, amen.
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