Have you ever been driven to know something and you bug someone and nose your way in to a conversation to find out? Have you ever been driven to finish a project and even though your eyes are tired, your back is aching, and you haven’t eaten for 6 hours, you just push on until it is finished?
As I lay down my losses I am driven to know Christ more. At the point of releasing profits and counting them as loss I am in a low place, yet I am driven to continue on…. I am casting off the old and putting on the new; the new position of being in the palm of my Father’s hands. He is in control. Laying me down brings me to my knees and I am in want of my Lord’s hands opening the eyes of my heart. I have been directed to three ways I can know Christ more.
#1 I can know Him by seeking Him intimately through His fellowship and calling on Him in prayer and reading His Word. The more I read His Word and think on it and claim it in prayer, the more my eyes are opened to His love for me. The more I am enabled to see of His grace and mercy poured out for me. His truths become grafted into my heart.
#2 I can know Him by depending on Him and drawing upon His strength and not my own. Drawing near to God in difficult times has given me a practical knowledge of the Lord; He is good for His Word and always keeps His promises. He is my Help. Through my suffering and choosing to rely on Jesus, I have experienced a deeper knowing of Him that I was unable to attain otherwise.
#3 I can know Him by serving Him in willingness to be filled and used by Him. This is why I claimed my drivin’ in the open jeep (see Part 1 of 3 blog) ! Surrendering to His will for my life each day gives me a new freedom; with my eyes open I wait for the open doors He is pointing me towards and I am ready to step through.
I can add three adjectives to the open air jeep visual:
I am open. Open to the calling and adventure — where He leads I will go. This is not a comfortable place necessarily – but it is an enlivening place!
Growing. I am growing in deeper understanding of who God is and who I am every day.
I am thankful for the privilege of knowing Jesus and gaining in wisdom and stature. I am thankful for the little and big graces He allows for me each day — I call these God Sparkles and I love to share them with people in my writings and on my FB wall.
But, like Paul, I have not attained all these things — I strive for them every day.
(Philppians 3:12 – 14) “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
As I count my losses I can push forward to take hold of knowing Christ and gain.
Where am I? I am pressing on. Pressing on with thanksgiving and praise and I find myself entering into the presence of the Lord. (If you have been blessed by hearing my testimony over these last three days via this blog — please pass this link onto your friends and family. I seek to be a blessing and shine for the Lord. Click on the LIKE button below… Share as you can and join me in spreading the fame of our Lord.) Sheryl