I was reading a devotional penned by well-known Christian minister and author, Charles Stanley. The message was on target and admonished Christians to allow Jesus to live His life in and through us. “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.
Every point of this message resonated with me. Then I read the question the author posed. “So how do you allow Jesus to live in and through you?” As if sandpaper grated along my heart, the word allowed clawed at me. Allowed? Have I had the audacity to not allow the Creator of all mankind, the God of the universe who possesses all knowledge to do something in my life?
Tears threatened as I pondered the answer. June, a mere mortal created of flesh and blood would hinder the all wise God—that was frightening.
Have you ever stood in the way of what God wanted to do in your life? Answer the question honestly and ask for God’s forgiveness. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9.
We don’t merely obey God because we’re afraid of Him but also because we love and respect Him.
Prayer: All wise God, I ask for forgiveness for the times I’ve stood in the way of You working in my life. I’m sorry. Please help me to step aside. I invite you into every aspect of my life. In Jesus name.