Prodigal: Howdy! I am just washing up and then I will be with you.
Me: Take your time. I just finished reading from the book A Woman of Strength Reclaim Your Past, Seize Your Present, Secure Your Future by Neva Coyle. It talks about allowing Jesus to clean our souls.
Prodigal: Well, I have never thought of that idea, why don’t you share.
The cleansed Christian–purged of all self-interest, self-glory, self-pity, self-protection–is of great value to God. Yet there is a maturity beyond this, eloquent in some by its presence, but conspicuous in others by its absence. A head stuffed with theology or even stuffed with Bible verses is no substitute for the deep things of God worked out in us by the Spirit.
Regeneration is a birth; sanctification, on the other hand, is a death….we want to go to the cross, but few want to get on the cross. We want Christ to die for us, but we do not want to die with Him. Christianity is all right if I can use it to my own ends. But when Christ wants to purge my squirming ego, crucify my stubborn self-will, eliminate my reeking self-pity, vanquish my vacillation, and reign supreme within the heart that he has purged–that is another matter.
Let the Christian’s self-will be put to death by being crucified with Christ. Then by God’s given grace, let him abide in Christ. This puts a Christian on the road to victory.
Lord I do not want to seek my own way today. I want to follow you! I want your name to be above other names including my own! O God, the one who has never left me even when I deserved it please guide me with your wisdom today!
On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Jennifer Van Allen