In order to become physically fit, a regular workout is necessary. It is the same in almost everything we undertake. A consistent practice of doing an activity enables us to excel. The key to pursuing what the Lord has placed in our hearts, is to simply begin.
Often times instead of doing something, we think of ways it can be done, or search what others have done. The greatest hindrance in accomplishing any task, is wasting time trying to figure out many other things pertaining to the task, but not getting around to the doing. Planning is important but should not be taken to such an extreme that it hinders fulfilling the project. Some directions only come as we progress. Improvement comes from movement. The talents we have been graced with by the Lord, should be stirred up as often as possible. Is it singing? Just sing. Writing? Just write. Building? Just build. Praying? Just pray. Looking for a better job? Let’s just do it. Each step lengthens into a walk towards our potential.
The leading of the Lord is always the most essential. Whatever we are told to do, let’s just do it. Then let’s do it consistently. Day by day it should be one of our priorities. Even if only for a short moment, let’s just do it. God teaches us and enables us to perfect what He begins, from glory to glory!
John 2:5 “His mother said to the servants, ‘Whatever He says to you, do it.’ ”
How can God love us after all the wrong we have done? Does He really forgive us? What if we do something else we shouldn’t be doing: think the wrong thing, say the wrong words or make the wrong decisions? Is the love of God truly unconditional? We have pondered many of these questions. We grasp the answers to the extent we rest in the Lord.
God does not forgive us because we are suddenly good. He doesn’t love us based on our getting things right. He forgives us because Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. God so loved us He gave us His only begotten son to redeem us from our sin. We are totally forgiven and free as a result of what Jesus has accomplished. As we believe this truth we walk in newness of life. When we have been forgiven of much, we love much. Love we express to God in return empowers us to walk in our divine identity. The conviction that comes when we fall short draws us closer to the Lord and causes us to love Him even more. We don’t confess our sins to earn forgiveness, but to walk in freedom.
As we walk in our transformation, others may not forgive us for our past mistakes or judge us today because of our yesterday. Knowing the victory and freedom we have in Christ helps us remain free from needing other’s approval or affirmation. We can forgive ourselves because God has forgiven us. We stand in awe of the finished work on the cross, from glory to glory!
Luke 7:46-47 “You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
There are many speculations on the meaning of the number of fish that were caught in obedience to the directions of the risen Lord. Aside from whatever it may represent, what is truly remarkable is that 153 fish were counted. Counting the provisions of God helps us appreciate what He does to a greater degree. It’s in the counting that we process and truly recognize how much He has done.
We can be so busy going from one thing to another that we don’t have time to stop and assess the blessings we walk through day by day. The best time to do so is at the end of each day, before we go to sleep. As we recount His provisions in the spiritual, emotional and natural realms, we recognize the abundance of what He has done. We are then able to trust Him in more areas where there may be a need. Our loved ones are included when we praise God, and in doing so a burst of love and joy floods our souls.
There is always something more to seek, but what we do have may be forgotten tomorrow. Today we have so much to rejoice over: what the Lord has done that we know about, and what we may not know about, blessings of what did happen and of what did not happen. If we are counting more trials than blessings, let’s take another count taking no thought for tomorrow and no regrets for yesterday, from glory to glory!
John 21:11 “Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.”