Monday, June 27, 2011
Through My Window
When we commit our lives to Christ as our Savior and Lord, we begin a journey that does not end until God calls us home. Like the character "Christian" in "Pilgrim's Progress", we have chosen to follow a path that at times leads through some valleys and some hard places along the way. Most of us wish there was an expressway to get us there without all the hassles of life, but remember, most expressways are boring, endless stretches of highway with no colorful scenery to enjoy. Life is meant to be lived and the difficulties, while challenging, work to form us into the character of Christ. This is God's goal for us. So, as the Lord of heaven peers into our heart each day, what qualities will He see us working on?
In his letter to the Colossians, the Apostle Paul tells us: "Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving...(Col. 4:2a)" No one can emphasize enough how much we need to be faithful to pray in every situation, and Paul emphasizes "with thanksgiving". Our prayers are not meant to be a laundry list of all the things we want from God, but rather a conversation with our heavenly Father acknowledging His holiness and thanking Him for His many blessings. We need to pray for others, for our leaders, for our church family, for our family, for those who are ill, and for the needs we have. God already knows what we have need of before we ask, but He wants us to come and talk with Him about them.
Of course, our conduct, is also a result of another quality which needs to be in our lives.
These are three of the character qualities that we want the Lord to see through the window of our heart, but there are three more which I will take up in Part II of Through My Window. Meditate on these qualities and see if your heart window reflects these to the Father who sees and knows what is in our hearts. Selah!
I welcome your comments here. Please leave your thoughts that we might converse in Christ.