photo by: Shirley/North Dakota/March 2004
Family Resemblance
Originally written 22 Sep 09
posted 23 Sep 09
There have been a couple of instances when someone has called me wise…
but I never know how to respond.  I do not feel wise.
I forget so many things…
and to my never-ending embarrassment, sometimes very important things.
But there are moments where wisdom is present…
and I have to thank my Father for those moments.
These are answered prayers.
He says that if we ask for wisdom, He will give it.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, 
who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
James 1:5

Our purpose in life, as Christians, is to become more like Christ.  So then, when we begin to see the fruit of our life-quest…why is it so difficult to acknowledge those traits? 

“And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”
~ Colossians 1:10-11

 Why are we sometimes viewed (especially by those on similar quests) as being prideful when we give God the glory for the good things in our lives?
As if acknowledging that there IS GOOD in our lives is somehow wrong?

I am now seeing that sharing
what the Lord has done in our lives is not prideful.
It is giving glory back to our Father who is the Giver of all good things.
How can this be a bad thing?  
Treating such declarations of honesty as if we are
being prideful is one more effort, I believe,
of Satan to diminish the shine that God’s people are to display. 
One more way in which he seeks to keep a lid on the Truths that will
set the prisoners free from their bondage.

But Christ said we are to SHINE.

In the same way (unhidden), let your light shine before men,
that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

Whose words will find a home in our hearts?
Whose likeness do we want to mirror?
The One who laid down His life for our redemption?
Or the one who seeks to steal, kill and destroy?

The decision is ours…may we choose wisely.

“This is what the LORD says:
‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
or the strong man boast of his strength
or the rich man boast of his riches,
but let him who boasts boast about this:
that he understands and knows me,
that I am the Lord,
who exercises kindness, justice
and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,’
declares the Lord.”
Jeremiah 9:23-24

(see also Psalm 34:2-3, Psalm 44:8, 1Corinthians 1:31, 2Corinthians 10:17, 2 Corinthians 11:30)
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