What we give to others is not always valued and cared for as it should be. We might also take for granted what others give to us. Gifts are to be unconditional. As we grow in Christ we learn to recognize and value all that was given to us by God. Such love is priceless.
We believe and receive what we have been graced with in the Lord with gratitude and appreciation. As we discover these gifts, we cherish even more the greatest gift: love. We are humbled by this love because we do not feel worthy of such amazing grace. It is the springboard of all other gifts that are essential to minister to others and brings healing to our soul. God desires for us to fully enjoy His blessings. We can fully accept such a precious gift only through precious faith. We receive what He has done for us by faith, and walk in Him the same way, by faith.
Faith works by love. We are established in the faith as we are grounded in love. As we receive and move by faith in what He has accomplished, we fulfill our purpose. We have a paid for tag on our lives. When we think we do not have enough, we remember He paid it all. All we are belongs to Him; all we need is met by Him according to His riches, from glory to glory!
Colossians 2:6-7 “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
We should believe the best, and expect the best, from each other. We are part of the same team; members of the Body of Christ. We are the branches and Christ is the vine. We do not cut any branch down. We do not pick at other branches, but we pick from them. Everyone is a valuable part of the vine and we increase in value to one another.
To deprecate ourselves or others assaults the grace of God. In our process of being transformed into the image of Christ, things that have been deeply rooted in our mind, will or emotions are being pulled up by the roots. In those times we may sense emptiness, a “hanging” in a new place without feeling securely planted. We may perceive that the other branches have disconnected from us making us feel uneasy. Loneliness and a feeling of “not belonging” may try to hinder us. It’s important to recognize the changes we will go through as we learn to walk in our divine identity.
To hang in there means not to give up or give in to fear. We can hang in there when we are a branch abiding in Christ. We receive His very life and are able to trust the outcome as we bear His fruit. We can praise God for the pruning process. He lifts us up so that we may bear more fruit. He does so by pulling up by the roots, everything that has no place in our new life in Christ, from glory to glory!
John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine-dresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
We can rest in our being without constantly looking for what we should be doing. What we do comes from the leading of the Lord as we rest in His presence. As we grow in grace, we turn from the things we thought we needed to do in order to receive from God. We are over-comers, and one of the many areas we overcome, is a mindset of inferiority.
Inferiority makes people feel like they do not measure up. They do not see their value and often think others are more valuable than they are. They try to do things in order to live up to assumed expectations, and they compare their walk to others, feeling their walk does not measure up. They keep reaching for improvement and feel even more dejected in the process. Nothing they do can ever be good enough because they do not feel they are good enough. They allow others and circumstances to crush them because they see themselves in a lower position. Through salvation, by grace, our position is one of greatness in the Lord!
The Spirit of Christ is freeing many… to walk free, to see the obstacles removed and live as champions. We are above, and not beneath. We are in Christ, and in Him are all the promises of God. We have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption in Him. We glory in the Lord, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 1:30-31 “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.’ ”
When we serve Him, let us never have our eyes on the value of our actions, but on our value in Christ. We are human beings, not doings. We trust His doing because we trust His being. We surrender ourselves to God for Him to do as He wills.
Before we can serve Him, we must present ourselves as a living sacrifice unto God. All else comes from being in His hands …belonging to Him…with our whole heart. It’s not presenting this or that which we believe we have to offer; it’s being a vessel in the Master’s hands. Even if others’ actions appear to be more or less important than ours – they are not. Even when we think what we do is not enough – it is. Moment by moment we are available, and therefore valuable. Others opinion of us cannot affect us, or increase or decrease our value because we know who we are in Christ.
Some plant, some water, but only God gives the increase. It’s not about our works, but about His work in and through us. We leave all results in His hands. We can be still and know He is God. In that resting place we wait on Him, from glory to glory!
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
We recognize our value and treasure one another as we comprehend, from faith to faith, the importance of being a member of the Body of Christ. Nothing matters when we think we don’t have any value, and the wrong things can appear valuable when we feel worthless. Each one of us is so precious to the Lord; not because of what we do, but because of who we are.
Every joint supplies what is lacking in another. We all have a part that fits perfectly into the whole. We become what Christ, the head of the Body, has purposed. No one is anyone without another someone; and satan knows the ability we have in unity as one in the Body of Christ. That unity is so frightening to him that he lies to us regarding our worth with attacks to make us feel insecure, insignificant, inferior, incomplete, incapable, inept, inadequate, and more. All these words start within, and need to be conquered by knowing we are in Christ. The world says that if you are in, you are part of the elite; we are so much more because we are in the Body of Christ!
In Christ, we are loved, valued, secure, significant, complete, capable, important, necessary and gifted. The love of God holds us together. We honor and care for one another. If we ever feel we don’t fit, we trust we are completely in and cannot be dislocated. We walk free from whatever doesn’t fit that truth, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 4:15-16… but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.