I’m Love’n It

by | Jan 20, 2017 | Vital Men Devotions

Galatians 2:20 (ESV) I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

In the middle of a conversation the other day I had a profound thought, a realization actually.  We were discussing a myriad of topics involving faith, theology and religious beliefs, traditions and conventions.  As we talked, I had a thought and without processing it completely verbalized it.  I said, with a cheshire grin, “I love what Jesus is doing to me!”

I moved on from that conversation and continued to ponder that statement.  That night, I shared it in my Iron Men’s group.  What did that mean?  I know I’ve thought about Jesus’ transformation and remodeling of my “self”, but had never really thought about it in that way.  I realized that I had never honestly thanked Him for what He is doing to me.  

I know I thank Him often for His sacrifice on the cross.  I thank Him for His endless love and grace.  I thank Him for the life He has given me and the blessings He rains down upon me.  I think of Him often and thank Him consistently for what He does for me.  Until that moment, I don’t believe I have ever thanked Him for what He does to me.

Now, I don’t want anyone to read this and think that I think, ‘hey look at me, I’ve arrived.  The work is done, time for the next project’.  I know this is a continual process.  I know I will back slide, stumble and fall.  I know there are a great many areas desperately in need of address and refinement.  However, I also know that what He has done to me is just the beginning.  I know that He has created in me, today, something better than was there yesterday.  I know that tomorrow He will do even more to me and I will be better still.

Psalms 51:10-13 (NKJV)

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.
I love what Jesus has done to me.  Though painful at times, I love it.  I hope those around me can see His work and love it too.  I know that He will continue His workmanship and I pray that I allow, recognize and embrace it, embrace Him.  What a journey He has laid before me and I’m thankful for it.  Until next week, be watchful and thankful for what Jesus is doing to you!  Have a blessed weekend.
Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)  being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,
Scott Pace



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