The Story of Good – Learning to Steward the Good Within.
Now it’s time to change your ways! Turn to face God so He can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessing to refresh you, and send you the Messiah He prepared for you, namely, Jesus. ~ Acts 3: 19-20 (TM)
Jesus stepped back.
He could tell I was struggling,
Under the weight of my conviction.
“Jesus, I’m sorry,” I proclaimed.
“I realize that I’ve been so determined,
To be the best I can be,
For myself and for my family.”
“I’ve placed all the weight on myself.
I’ve strived to provide.
I’ve strived to promote.
I’ve strived to perpetuate.
I’ve failed to wait upon You.”
“Can you see now,” Jesus asked,
“The Sin you’ve been so concerned about,
Is actually a by-product of your over-arching drive,
Providing, promoting, and perpetuating Self?”
“Yes, Master, I do,” I sighed.
“All the while,” Jesus added,
“God and His great Good have been here all along,
Waiting for you to fully embrace,
To soak yourself in,
And then to pass on to others.”
“So, Master, what do I do now?” I inquired,
“Is it too late to change?”
“It’s never too late,” the Master replied,
“To learn how to steward the Good within.”
Jesus leaned over to the Spirit, inviting Him to join in.
“My child,” the Spirit said.
“You don’t need to make this journey alone.
I am here to indwell you. Here to empower you.
Here to encourage you. Here to guide you.
Here to help you learn and discern.
Here to help you listen and obey.
I’m here to love you through this life and beyond.”
“Spirit,” Jesus said, “Show Our friend, the Father.”
Ponder on these things:
In the future, when you feel pressured to initiate activity in order to provide for yourself, promote yourself, or perpetuate things, what might it look like to invite Jesus into those situations before taking action?
Can you think of a recent situation where you did just that?
What feelings were evoked as you found yourself allowing God to take the lead?
Over a period of about eight weeks (3 sessions per week), we will take you on a poetic journey (26-sessions) we call The Story of Good. We suggest you bookmark our blog series homepage to keep all the writings in one place for your future reference. Take note that each blog session begins with a short scripture reading. My suggestion is that you don’t hurry through, or skip the text, but treat it as a Lectio Divina reading where you slow down and sit a bit with God’s Word, allowing it to penetrate and influence you as you read. Each session also ends with a few thoughts to ponder on. I look forward to hearing some of your insight as we journey together!
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