My Grace-Full Life

7.7.20 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Never Abandoned. Being Perfected

TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13 ESV)

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• There’s a quote about writing I’ve heard for years, though I don’t know who said it… it goes, “No piece of writing is ever finished, it’s just abandoned.” I relate to this. When I submit an article to my magazine publishers, I never re-read it. I have to abandon the writing or I could never move forward. I’ve heard of actors and artists who do the same thing—they don’t watch their own performances or examine their own work because they nitpick them as much as I do with my writing. After all, we are our own worst critics. No matter how well written or performed or painted or whatever, we see the flaws more than we see the perfection.

I’m thankful that God does not have this attitude about us. The one true living God who is your Creator made you uniquely you. While we have our personal battles to face and our own sins and imperfections, He loves us (Romans 5:8). He does not abandon us. He wants us to be self-reflective enough that we can recognize our sin, confess it, turn from it, and let Him keep working on us. But He sees us through the blood of Jesus who died for us. Ephesians 2:13 says, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

The perfection we seek is unattainable without Jesus. And even when we choose to surrender our lives to Him, because we live in mortal bodies, we will mess up. Until we, “put on immortality,” (1 Corinthians 15:53) when Christ raptures the church, we will have flaws to contend with.

Instead of trying to be a perfect version of ourselves, let’s keep trying to be more like Jesus. Let’s keep letting our Creator tweak us, knowing that He will never abandon us. Let’s keep drawing closer to Him trusting in the promise that when we draw near to Him, He draws near to us (James 4:8).

Today, as you pray, thank God for His persistence in loving you and working on you to be the unique individual He’s created you to be. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a spirit of humility that will keep you moldable in the hands of the Potter who seeks to make you more like Jesus.

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