by Jim Hughes
It would do well for us to remember this truth. It is only in and through Christ that we are able to do what we do in life for Him. So often we plow ahead with little thought to whether or not the Lord is ahead of the plow driving it. We act as if it is us who is doing the good. We act as if the Lord needs us more than we need Him. Foolishly, we get the idea that we are an indispensable part of the work of Christ on earth. The reality is the kingdom of God will be built with or without us. The will of God being fulfilled through us is more for our benefit than His. We need to contribute to the work of Christ on earth in order for us to become whom God created us to be. If we fail to be who we are created to be, we miss out on the abundant life God has for us to enjoy. We are the losers, not God.
We can do nothing apart from God working in us. We owe Him the very essence of who we are. We have nothing to offer to Him except our hearts. Let us never forget this important truth. It has never been , is not now, nor ever will be, about us. It is by the Spirit of God that we become servants of God. It is by the Spirit of God that we can do anything for God.
It is only in and through Christ that we are able to be in life who God created us to be. We cannot quit sinning on our own. We cannot see the truth of the Gospel on our own. We cannot know the guilt and shame of sin on our own. We can only be who God created us to be by the working of the Spirit of God in us. If you, or someone you know and love, is living in sin, take the matter to the Lord. Pray fervently and consistently over their souls. Pray that the Spirit will do His work of convicting. Pray faithfully and believe that the Spirit will give what you ask Him for. People do not come underneath the convicting work of the Spirit without first someone praying. It is our prayers that move the heart of God, not our friendship or love.
About the Author:
Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.
C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chaper on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.
I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.