For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekly Ponderings

Homeschool and family can become idols. I need to pay very careful attention that I do not treasure my homeschool, my kids, my husband, and how well I do in those things more than I treasure Christ and God in my life. How do I know? When I start to sacrifice my relationship with God and my God-given values and standard for the sake of something else.

My value and identity is found in Christ, and so is my fellow brothers' and sisters'. I need to learn to see others (and remember the same about me) as Christ sees them, that is, clothed in the righteousness of Christ. Often times we fake our relationship with others because we want to hide our failures and weaknesses, or we are quick to judge others, all because we fail to recognized that we are all sinners redeemed by Christ. As redeemed, we are covered by the blood of Christ. God sees us in and through Christ and that is how we should see ourselves and our fellow Christians.

Why, oh why corporate prayer times are so minimally attended. What is it about prayer meeting that people cannot make the time to pray together with their fellow brothers and sisters on behalf of the lost, for the revival of churches, for our brothers and sisters suffering all over the World, and for each others' needs?

How important is the Gospel in my life? Does the truth of the Gospel, that he lived, died, rose again, and was exalted to the right side of God, what shapes my daily life and defines my identity?

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