We finished Priscilla's He Speaks to Me last night at Bible study. Next week is spring break, and then I'm up. I'm excited. Anxious and humbled to have the privilege to teach God's Word and desperate to handle it with care, but excited.
As I was glancing through my workbook yesterday and reviewing all I'd learned to make note of my one thing...
[pause to encourage you--again, if I've already done it--can't remember!] WRITE IN THE FRONT OF YOUR BOOK! Write your name and the date and where you did the study. And then write down the lesson you've learned, the one thing you never want to forget. Make note of the page number so you can quickly find that special word God spoke to you through the study.
...I saw something I'd underlined about how we often want to cut corners in our faith. Here's what she said on day 3 of week 3: "In fact, if we are painfully honest, I suspect we would like to 'cut corners' when it comes to living a sanctified life. Subconsciously we ask ourselves, 'What can I do to just get by as a Christian?'"
I had a conversation with a friend last night after we finished. A conversation about calling and about temptation and sin. NOTHING is worth blowing your calling.
Just getting by doesn't fulfill your calling--and, yes, you have one.
Here's the scary thing. God can accomplish his purposes with or without us. He can call someone else if we choose to compromise what he's called us to do. His will WILL be done.
We need to make every effort to make our calling and election sure. EVERY effort. Not a half-hearted, when we get around to it and don't have anything else to do kind of an effort. No, we EAGERLY make EVERY effort.
So that's my prayer this morning. To hold my calling in high esteem. To value it and give it my all. To refuse to compromise it. To not cut corners but to press into the corners and live it fully. That through his divine power he will make me eager to make every effort to fulfill my calling.
When we do, his Word promises that we will participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption caused by evil desires. That we will be kept fro being ineffective and unproductive. That we will NEVER fall. That we will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Today's a new day. Make every effort as you rely on his power. Be eager. Hold onto his very great and precious promises. Your calling has value. Don't compromise it.