Monday, October 26, 2009

Hope Secure

This life is but a vapor--a breath. How quickly things can change, money can vanish, and our once "stable" days become unrecognizable. So where is our hope secure? Only in the God whose love is uncontainable and who pursues us with passion.

He first desires to adopt us as His own--a choice of the will He graciously gives to each person who steps on this earth. He then desires that we learn how to walk our journey in the freedom He has for His own--freedom from sin, freedom from despair, freedom from unrest. This "transformation" from bondage to freedom is a process called sanctification. And it is His will that we be sanctified. (1 Thessalonians 4:3)

But to be sanctified often requires pressing--being in situations and states of mind where we are at the end of ourselves, pressed beyond our means, and we have to fully trust in His faithful hands. And all of it hinges on love. He is motivated towards us by His love. He allows everything into the lives of His own out of His love. He is working in us a far greater glory, beyond what this fleeting life can bring. As we begin to grasp His unmeasurable love for us--individually--then we can start to trust His allowances into our brief stay on this planet.

Our minds can be so cluttered--mine can anyway. But if we can learn, by the power of His Spirit, to bring every thought captive to obedience (2 Corinthians 10:5)--bring every thought back to the foundation of His love and work in us--then freedom awaits as a burden light. It is a process. We are in process. But through the process pursue love. (1 Corinthians 14:1) May it increase more and more. (1 Thessalonians 4:9-10) May our hope find rest in His perfect love.

For further nourishment: 1 Corinthians 13

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