Issue #2548 December 08, 2010
YOUR UNIQUE JOURNEY
“But now has God set the members every one of them in the body, as it has pleased Him” (I Corinthians 12:18).
On our journey through this life, you and I may be at different places. Being at different places does not necessarily mean that either of us is “ahead” or “behind” of the other spiritually. It just means that the Lord needs to take us on different (and yet at the same time similar) paths due to the uniqueness of our personalities, upbringing and influences, as well as His own unique purpose in our lives – all as it pleases Him. In our diversities, He works all in all!
“And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God Who works all in all” (I Corinthians 12:6).
Miles Stanford aptly wrote about this process:
“So many of us, after having entered into some of the deeper realities of our Lord, seek to immediately pull or push others into this wonderful advancement; and then we wonder why they are so slow to learn and seemingly apathetic in their understanding and concern. We so easily forget the many years it took, and by what wandering wilderness ways our Lord had to traverse with us in order to bring us over Jordan and into Canaan.”
God is active in your life, and in the lives of your brothers. You do not need to live a life filled with care, frustration, discouragement and guilt concerning where the Father has you on your journey. You can by faith lay hold of the reality of His Own unique and personal workmanship in your life. Rest in His great workmanship. Be content with what He is accomplishing.
Paul reminds you of what your walk with the Lord is all about:
“As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him” (Colossians 2:6).
You are to continue walking in divine life the same way your received it! How did you receive it?
“For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10).
“But to him who works not, but believes on Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Romans 4:5).
You began the divine life by grace through faith, without works, and Paul says this is the way you continue to walk in it. “AS you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, SO walk in Him.”
The Galatian believers had fallen into the trap of believing they were somehow their own workmanship – that their life was of their own making, that they were somehow in control of their own small universe.
“O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ has been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh?” (Galatians 3:1-3).
Again, Paul brings us to this basic principle of life: “As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.”
Rest, look and wait upon your Father. Let your only expectation be from Him, and you will never be disappointed!
“My soul, wait ONLY upon God; for my expectation is from Him” (Psalm 62:5).
“But they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
“For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God” (Romans 8:19).
“Being confident of this very thing, that He Who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
Have complete confidence in God, your Father. Your journey is as unique as you are. What He began in you, He will see to its full completion. He will do it!
Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr,
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