USA – Who is our role model, July 31, 2018
We will can only rise to level of our expectations. Who is your role model?
Actually, we don’t have to “rise” to the level of the first Adam, because we are born in the carnal nature to take care of ourselves first and foremost. Self-centeredness we don’t have to aspire to, we are born sinners (separate from God), we are not sinners by choice. That is why the greatest gift that God has given us is the freewill to choose.
Our Father sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, who paid the penalty for our sin. Our sin is not our wrong-doing, otherwise we could fix that with our freewill.
Our sin is our wrong-being. When we repent and receive His forgiveness, the bondage of self is broken and we aspire to let Him and His nature overcome our self-centeredness. Who in your sphere of influence is attempting to allow the simple life of Christ to rule and reign in their lives and move away from “self”? This is not “judging”, Jesus said you will know them by their fruit.
“For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son…” (Ro 8:28)
“He had no beauty of majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.” (Isaiah 53:2)
Oswald Chambers shared this teaching about “becoming entirely His”.
“Many of us appear to be all right in general, but there are still some areas in which we are careless and lazy; it is not a matter of sin, but the remnants of our carnal life that tend to make us careless. Carelessness is an insult to the Holy Spirit. We should have no carelessness about us either in the way we worship God, or even in the way we eat and drink. Not only must our relationship to God be right, but the outward expression of that relationship must also be right. Ultimately, God will allow nothing to escape; every detail of our lives is under His scrutiny. God will bring us back in countless ways to the same point over and over again. And He never tires of bringing us back to that one point until we learn the lesson, because His purpose is to produce the finished product. It may be a problem arising from our impulsive nature, but again and again, with the most persistent patience, God has brought us back to that one particular point. Or the problem may be our idle and wandering thinking, or our independent nature and self-interest. Through this process, God is trying to impress upon us the one thing that is not entirely right in our lives. Beware of becoming careless over the small details of life and saying, ‘Oh, that will have to do for now.’ Whatever it may be, God will point it out with persistence until we become entirely His.”
“O Lord, You have searched me and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O Lord.” (Psalms 139:1-4)
Men see what we do, God sees why we do it.