Galations 5:22-23 (ESV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
I have mentioned before how persistent God can be when He is trying to deliver a message to us. After at least three very separate and yet equal reminders from Him, I finally got to my knees this morning to ask Him to help me apply this message he so clearly has for me. I believe God is very firmly commanding me to actively pursue these fruits in my life. No more casual reading my Bible, praying when it’s convenient and blogging when I can. I can no longer lovingly look into the eyes of my perfect Savior and choose disobedience. My love for him is calling me to really start taking every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5), and to attempt to be more and more like him.
I cry about how I want to be more like Jesus, but I have done nothing recently to prove that, or “put my money where my mouth is” like my Dad used to say all the time. I expect a miracle to come along and change me, and while this will happen, it also will take some work from me. I know I have been called to pick up my cross DAILY and follow Jesus (Luke 9:23), and he promises that the burden will be light (Matthew 11:30) when I cast my cares onto Him (1 Peter 5:7). The first step of obedience is what I feel called to today.
Father God, I am going to need your help to begin this next step of my faith journey. I will need help moving my feet and most especially my hard heart toward love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control in all my thoughts and actions. Come Lord Jesus into my heart, my mind, my life and help me to trust you and obey.