Let ’er Fly
Devos on the Run
Devotionals for the Active Life, In 2 Minutes or Less
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I but the grace of God that was with me. Cor 15:10 NIV
I had a relative who would say I am what I am, and I’m too old to change now. We all knew what she was really saying. I’ll speak my mind, let ’er fly, and if you don’t like it, tough! You’re just gonna have to live with the outcome.
The sad part … that’s exactly what we did—lived with the outcome of her rude nature and crass behavior, and most times it was an unpleasant sight to see.
Growing up, I had a choice. Be just like her and become a person no one wanted to be around, fearing the sharp edge my tongue, or work hard to practice love and kindness and show grace and mercy.
Most times it isn’t a struggle for me to be kind or pleasant. But then there are those few times when I allow my old nature to rear its ugly head. I say what I feel then reap the results. Which, as with my relative, isn’t a pretty site to see. That’s when I have to repent, ask for God’s grace to come fill me once again, and complete His work in me.
You see, I’m a work in progress, always growing, always learning, always doing my best to pattern my life after Christ.
Do I always hit the mark? Not by a long shot, but I daily ask God’s help in overcoming my old sinful nature, then I do my very best to follow the example of Jesus. That’s all he asks of us. To live fore Him and do our best. With his help, we succeed and become what He intended for us to be all along.
Father, thank you for your grace that is within me, that strengthens and delivers me from my old sinful nature, to the shining example of Christ. Help me that I will always walk in the footsteps of your Son, and will exemplify his very nature and love toward others. And rule my life, make it what you desire of me. This I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus. Amen