New Life daily devotion - Apr. 10, 2011

Fields of Change
Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.
Hosea 10:12

Character isn’t instantly created. It’s carved out.

To God, our lives are like a series of fields that need working.  Once one has been worked, we move to the next.  At each stop He encourages us to get busy tilling ground hardened by sin, pulling weeds grown in neglect, and planting seeds of biblical truth.  He makes us willing and able for the work; and He makes each task fruitful through the power of the Holy Spirit.

But change does happen.  The Bible gives us insight how.  Think of Joseph in an Egyptian jail, and Moses in the desert.  Recall David’s years of flight from Saul and Jonah’s time in the belly of a fish. Reflect upon Gideon in a cave and Job’s catastrophes.  Consider Abraham’s wanderings and Peter’s three denials of Christ.  Look at the apostle Paul’s blinding encounter with the risen Lord on the road to Damascus.

These stories, and many more like them, recount the ways of God among the men He claims for His own.  As you spend time considering them, you will see a pattern emerge: brokenness, humility, and the learning of patience comes before spiritual maturity and usefulness.  Open up your Bible and search out these stories.  Learn from them.  They demonstrate the pattern of change for your own life in Christ. 

“You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jelly beans.”
Ronald Reagan 40th U.S. President- (1911-2004)

 

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