In last weekend’s message and throughout this week’s LivingItOut, we have seen ways we can be faithful. Hopefully, that has propelled many of us to initiate some changes and take some small, intentional steps to start moving toward a goal. However, it may have also stirred some feelings of regret or failure in areas where we may not have been faithful. Jud Wilhite, the lead pastor from Central Church in Las Vegas, powerfully touched on this at the end of his talk last weekend.
Jud reminded us of our identity—that it is rooted in CHRIST, not in what we have done or haven’t done, but in what HE has done. He conveyed that we are MORE than any failure, pain, mistake, or shortcoming. He declared that “we are God’s kids, and he has a future for us.”
1 John 3:1
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!
Galatians 3:26 also points out that we “are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
God’s love is displayed in his faithfulness, so in return, we aim to be faithful to God. We heard previously in the series, “You will only be ____ (fill in the blank) to the degree that you know God is _____ with you.” Let’s plug in the word faithful here: You will only be faithful to the degree that you know God is faithful with you.
One thing for certain: God is faithful.
He is faithful to provide, to heal, to help, to repair, and to enable. When we surrender to Jesus to let him lead our life, we have forgiveness of all of our sins and shortcomings. But we also have the power of the Holy Spirit living in us, enabling us to take steps in the right direction continuously. This week, we have heard many suggestions regarding steps to take or small changes to make toward more holy living and toward an abundant life in and for Christ. We are not left to do this on our own. The Holy Spirit gives us the strength and ability to complete his will in our lives because we’re God’s kids, and he has a future for us.
Do you feel frustrated with past failures, shortcomings, or pain? Do you find your identity rooted in those things or rooted in Christ and who HE says you are?
If you haven’t already, identify one or two areas where you can grow in faithfulness. But, instead of relying on yourself to achieve these steps or goals, take a moment before you start to PRAY. Ask God for his Holy Spirit to give you strength (It’s available to you and me!), to give you discipline in the area you’re focusing on, and grace to push through when it gets difficult or seems impossible. Remember, “I can do EVERYTHING through CHRIST who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
God, we thank you for this message and the encouragement that we received last weekend and throughout this week. We call out to you for forgiveness for where we’ve fallen short and beg for your strength and grace as we take steps in a direction that is honoring to you. You are SO faithful! Please help us to be faithful in these small yet intentional steps before us. We TRUST you for what you’re going to do in us and through us. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Kendra Grubinski. Kendra is passionate about her relationship with Jesus and loves studying and sharing God’s Word. During the week, she is a Spanish Teacher at Findlay High School. She also enjoys spending time with her family and pups, reading, traveling, drinking good coffee and being active outdoors.
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