A walloping great congregation is fine, and fun, but what most communities really need is a couple of saints. The tragedy is that they may well be there in embryo, waiting to be discovered, waiting for sound training, waiting to be emancipated from the cult of the mediocre.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
––1 Peter 2:9
There is no greater need in my life today than for me to abandon that life, absolutely and irrevocably, to the lordship of Jesus. To sideline my agenda for these next 16 hours and hand myself over to the purposes of Christ. To abide in him (John 15:4), to abide in his word (John 8:31), to put him on and wear him like a uniform (Romans 13:14), so that my spontaneous thoughts, my unconscious reactions, my words and my deeds are a picture… of him.
This is my need today: not to try to look holy in some artificial manner, not to come off to others as a good person or even a good Christian, but to abide in my King and walk in his Spirit, because until I am his, I will never really be myself.
How will I do this? I will read the Bible, knowing it was given by the One who gave his Son, and I will pick out a line or two to ponder and pray over. I will take that line with me, whether by memory or otherwise, and I will walk through this day, remembering that I am a person of Christ’s possession, called to proclaim his excellencies.
With you for Jesus,
Pastor Daren Redekopp
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