God wants to glorify Himself through me.
But, the Spirit has revealed weakness in me that is not in Christ
that He must burn away
so that I am able to reflect His glory.
The Holy Spirit said to me, “You have a problem with complaining.”
It’s a weakness that hinders my use for God’s glory. I repent.
Something I do a lot in my internal dialogue is express contempt for a situation I’m facing and always saying what I don’t want to do.
Jesus never did that.
“Not My will, but Yours, be done.” —Luke 22:42
Jesus did not complain, even as He was being crucified.
“He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.”
“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
He was not deterred by the difficulty of the situation.
“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.”
He did not try to shift the burden to another in the form of blame.
He didn’t concern Himself with who’s fault it was.
Jesus did not cower. He came. He confronted.
He committed Himself to the work of reconciliation. He focused on God and directed our attention to the kingdom of God and His righteousness and He set His hand to the task of bringing everything, all of creation back into God’s kingdom order, at any cost.
He put His hand to the plow and never looked back.
This is the man I want to be. This is the man I’m becoming, who God is making me.
He’s burning away the flesh, to reveal Christ that’s being formed in me, bit by bit.
I thank God for His love that both comforts my heart and burns away sin.
I confess my sin and submit to His scalpel.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” —1 John 1:9
I trust Him. He is faithful. He will finish the work.
“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;” —Philippians 1:6
The work God is doing in me isn’t flashy, but it’s miraculous.
May God be glorified.