As a bargain hunter, I am always looking for the best price, comparing, finding the best discounts, rarely just settling to pay more than I think something is worth.
So, just now as I hear a song phrase about the price Jesus paid, I am once again stunned by His sacrifice.
He did not get a bargain in what He paid for me.
I know my flaws, and I’m certain there are many flaws I’m not even aware of.
The things He seems to place value on in me, I see as having little or no value.
The things I see as having value in me, often have no eternal Kingdom value at all.
God’s Grace is a mystery. It is the only force that is truly life affirming.
Jesus paid with His life. God paid with the death of His only beloved Son.
When it comes right down to it, the only thing that matters is the value God has placed on me.
And as I think about it, it starts becoming clear. He purchased me because of the potential, the reshaping through His Precious blood.
It’s about magnifying Jesus. it’s about what God wants to use my life for.
So— it’s about me, without being about me.
Lately I find myself nearly tripped-up by what I imagine the opinions of others are of me.
This has been a solid brick in my path for many years, but I’m learning how to side-step it, to keep my fixed gaze on Jesus. I can’t redirect opinions, I can only keep walking in the direction God turns me to.
Ultimately, it’s just going to be me standing before God. Opinions will not influence God in how I’ve walked my narrow path, as I stand before Him to give account —whether it be of the closest family member, trusted spiritual leaders, or strangers.
For that reason, I’m shoring up my resolve. No longer will I fall for the tricks and traps of the enemy of my soul, to walk the wrong road, or have the wrong focus.
My son and I watched I Can Only Imagine today. I forget so easily the power of those lyrics…
“Standing in Your Glory, what will my heart feel? Will I dance for You, Jesus? Or in awe of You, be still” “Standing in Your Presence, to my knees will I fall? Will I sing ‘HALLELUJAH’? Will I be able to speak at all?”
I can only imagine.
Will I be able to rejoice with Him in how He has transformed my life, and worship Him with understanding that everything about my life has always been for His purpose—His calling —to meet the needs of others on His behalf?
My heart continues to be refined, and I continue to feel that fiery passion to serve portions of His Grace, His Mercy and His kindness, to others.
A big plate of Holy Spirit fruit.
I’ve noticed at times when I rely on my own strength and understanding, I can put rotten fruit on that plate instead.
Becoming more and more aware of that, all I can do is give it all to God, and trust He will work through me and show the world Jesus —in His own ways.