Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Grace and Humility

Eclipse of Dove in Guadalajara by Arturo

Last time I mentioned that there were two thoughts which had kept coming into my mind lately.  Here is the second, and I hope you'll take note of where the emphasis is placed on various words.  Really think about this question, as it relates to loyalty to God:

Am I most troubled because

I am not

perfectly loyal to God,


Or am I most troubled because

I am not perfectly loyal

to God?

Have you taken the time to really examine yourself on this question?

When you think of loyalty to God, where is your focus?  Is it on yourself, and the quality of your loyalty, and how it measures up to other people's loyalty or to your own expectations?  Do thoughts of loyalty make you feel burdened…or proud?

Or is your focus on Christ, and how worthy He is of all loyalty?  Do thoughts of loyalty revolve around love and admiration?  Is loyalty a joy?

Your answer to that question will reveal to a large extent whether you function by law or by grace. 

Do you agree?  Please post your comments below.


Vonnie said...

The word "loyalty" implies action. I would prefer the word "faithful" because it shows submission.

God is everything...the Sovereign King of all. It's only when we submit to His will that we will be content.

LauraLee Shaw said...

Oh wow, I'd never thought of it that way, but I'm guessing most of the time it is the 1st person one. It should be the latter. Oftentimes, our excuses bring us guilt when they should bring us to Godly sorrow which leads to repentance. Will not soon forget this, Betsy. God has given you such great insight.

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