Friday, March 11, 2016
All God’s children have two natures that live inside them, so even though we are saved, we all let some of our old human characteristics surface from time to time. The sad news is that our old nature will continue to cause us trouble until Jesus calls us home. The good part, on the other hand, is that our new nature in Christ can help us keep many of these old tendencies in check. Paul wrote that, as God’s children, we all have the mind of Christ. (See 1 Corinthians 2:16) These means that it is now normal for us to strive for the things He strove for. When He washed His Disciple’s feet, He told them: “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:15) The idea was not so much washing one another’s feet as many Christians think, but rather He was teaching them that true disciples should be inclined to serve others and not think they need to always have the preeminence.
Before Christ was in our lives, it was normal for us to think of ourselves as “Numero Uno” but now that He lives in our heart we no longer have to……….. always be first, always be right, dominate every conversation, always be noticed, be first in line, get the bigger and best portions, pass every car on the freeway, and other things such as these. When Paul found out that some members in the Corinthian church were suing one another, He told them: “The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?” (1 Cor. 6:7) Another thing: we don’t have to tell the whole world who we are, what we have, or what we have done or are doing. Let’s not be like the fellow who proudly proclaimed: “I used to very conceited, but now that I’m a Christian I’m probably the best person you’ll ever meet.” If we live as God’s children should live, our lives will do the talking for us and if we truly love the Lord and want to serve and please Him, it begins with serving others.
If you are still struggling with your old hurtful tendencies, bring your petition to the Lord. He is faithful. He will help you. With time you will have the same mindset John the Baptist had, and say as he did, “He (Christ) must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)
Memory verse for the week: (Psalm 118:6) “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”