Another Challenging “imitate Paul as he Imitates Jesus moment…”

Devotional Thought ot the Day:

14  Now I am coming to you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you. I don’t want what you have—I want you. After all, children don’t provide for their parents. Rather, parents provide for their children. 15  I will gladly spend myself and all I have for you, even though it seems that the more I love you, the less you love me. 2 Corinthians 12:14-15 (NLT)

288 When the Lord makes use of you to pour His grace into souls remember that you are only the wrapping round the gift, the paper that is torn up and thrown away.  (1)

Over the last couple of days, my blogs have focused on the relationship of faith (trusting in God ) and humility.  It’s not an easy thing to manage – this idea of humility. To let God be our God, to entrust our entire lives into His wise care, this is what faith is. The result is being transformed into His image, growing in His likeness.  Learning to see His will as ours, and caring for what He cares for, that people come to repentance, to transformation.  Learning to value what He does, the way He does.

We see this in Paul’s words, as he tells the church in Corinth how he isn’t in anything they have.  He wants them to know Jesus. He wants them in the Father’s hands, no matter the cost.

Do we look at the world, as evil as it may seem, at those broken, from the homeless guy to the “big names” in sports, business, and politics in the same way?  As people who desperately need to know Jesus?   How are we welling to die to self, that people may know Christ.  Not just about Him, but really know Him?

Are we willing to be the paper that Josemaria speaks of tossed aside, even trashed, as long as the Father’s gift to them is revealed and received?

This takes humility, it takes Christ-likeness, for this is what He has done… it takes trust in God, it takes knowing Him.

It is who we are called to be, it is to walk where God planned for us to walk – from before time.

Will you walk with Him today?  Lord have mercy, we will let Him walk as our guide.


(1)  Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). Furrow (Kindle Locations 1388-1389). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God's saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

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