…speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,
– Ephesians 4:15
As they say, “When you’re up to your hips in alligators it’s hard to remember that your original intention was to drain the swamp.” Why then did you begin these daily devotions to Jesus Christ? That you might become like Him. What qualifies us to become like Him? That we were unlike Him. Remember?
“I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
– Luke 5:32 (Jesus speaking)
The only qualification for enrolling as a disciple of Jesus Christ is to acknowledge your sinfulness.
The process is that the disciple – with effort, help, and over time – becomes like the teacher. For as Jesus Himself said:
“A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.”
– Luke 6:40
That we are not yet fully like Jesus simply means that we are not yet “fully trained.”
We must nonetheless keep in mind the goal that originally brought us to become His disciples:
…the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
– 1 Timothy 1:5
Such a love can only be achieved through the call of sinners to the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Therefore, let us think like Paul did:
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 3:14
Pressing on to such a lofty goal might seem daunting:
“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
– Matthew 5:48 (Jesus speaking)
Yet we must show progress; otherwise, we deny His power to change us.
Other than the verse at the top of the page, all the verses you see in this post are ones you have seen before. So also is this which I will now use to explain the reason for the repetition of them:
…To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you.
– Philippians 3:1
The swamp we are seeking to drain was of our own making, yet by His grace, we shall – day by day – surely drain it. The alligators circling us are merely proof we’ve chosen the right mission.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, let me be more mindful of pleasing You than I am of the difficulties I face…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)