Monday, January 21, 2008
Breaking Out of the Pack
“God the Father has His eye on each of you, and has determined by the work of the Spirit to keep you obedient through the sacrifice of Jesus.” (1 Peter 1:2, The Message)
How good is this!? God Himself has His eye on each one of us. That is an extraordinary thing – especially when you consider just how many of us there are! Yet, each life and every detail is fully known by the Lord -- in a caring manner. Simon Peter goes on to say, “He is always thinking about you, and watching everything that concerns you" (1Peter 5:7, Living Bible). Why, even the very hairs of our heads are numbered.
He sees, He knows, and He cares. Isn’t that good enough to make today worth living?
But there is more! Not only does He profoundly care for you, but He is also determined to do something of great benefit to you. And here it is: He will cause the Holy Spirit to work in your life in every way possible so as to keep you true, faithful, and unerring in your journey with Jesus.
Yes, the Holy Spirit of God is directed by God to fill your heart and life in such measure that you may follow Jesus fully and freely, without mixture of self-will, doubt, or fear. He is here not only to comfort you, but also to consecrate you – to mark you as one set apart for God.
In other words, God is going to see to it that you break out of the pack and live a life that is distinguished and purposeful – one that brings great honor to the Lord Jesus and great blessing to others.
Are you game?