I was feeling rather down last night because of several failures and inadequacies that have been raising their ugly heads lately. I was having trouble focusing on the victories which I know have been accomplished (and those that are yet to come) in Christ.
I am reading At the Feet of Jesus by Joanna Weaver as a daily devotional supplement. Today’s words were just for me!
“I was struggling once again with my continued inadequacies. “Will I ever change?” I asked God. “Will I ever be what You want me to be?”
…How often do you shower, Joanna? the God-thought came softly to my heart.
Every day, my heart answered back. Or at least every other day.
Why is it, then, that you only find it necessary to come to the cross once in a while?
After all, I sensed the Spirit reason, in the natural you shower every day because your produces toxins and life involves contact with things that make you dirty.
The same is true in the spiritual realm. Don’t wait till sin build up to a spiritual crisis, I sensed the lord saying. Deal with it daily. Come clean so I can make you clean. The cross made you My child, and it is the cross that will also make you holy.”
Joanna Weaver, At the Feet of Jesus, p. 313
I too have been taking the cross for granted. Relying on prayer time and devotions with my children to carry me through the day, instead of taking that time on my own to fill my spiritual cup. I’ve been negligent in focusing on the power of the cross – not only to forgive my sins and make me God’s child, but also it’s power to free me from the bondage of sin on a moment-by-moment basis.
I need to take my daily shower and be restored to the joy of my salvation so that I can face my inadequacies and failures in the power of Christ.