Doug Story

"His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness."  II Peter 1:3

It is funny to see how, as we get older, we try to have more independence.  For example, our oldest son is 3 years old and, with the birth of his younger brother last week, our oldest has become "completely independent."  Here is what he told me he could do on his own.  Change his brother's diapers, give him a bath, drive to the store to get more diapers, teach his brother how to hit a baaseball, make his own mac and cheese, get the mail, mow the lawn, and the list goes on and on.  Every time something needs to be done, he assures us that he can do it all by himself.  Wouldn't it be nice?  Now, don't get me wrong, there are lots of things he does on his own.  However, our newborn needs us for everything.  The more I think of it, our newborn is helpless without us.  As a new parent, I absolutely love it.  I love that he needs me.  I love to care for him.  I love to clean him up.  I love to hold him, clothe him, and provide for him.  I love to love him.  I cherish these days.

As I look at the church, I see a disheartening trend emerging from the people.  As we get older in our relationship with God, we think we need Him less.  We look at our lives that might not be spiraling out of control and we think to ourselves, "Wow, I am doing a great job with my life."  We look around us and we assume that we are the authors of our own success.  As we mature, we begin to form a list of all the things we can do on our own.  We think we can overcome that temptation alone.  We assume that we have the strength to persevere.  We think that we need God less.

I am reminded of this in II Peter Chapter 1 where it says that "everything we need of life comes from the knowledge of God who made it possible through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ."  There is only one God who can truly provide everything we need to live a life set apart for Him.  And He loves every minute of it.  God desires to be depended on.  He doesn't want us to go through this life thinking that we can do it all on our own.  That is why He freely gives everything we need.

So, next time you begin to think that you are bigger than you really are, remember that when it comes ot God, we are but newborns who depend on Him for EVERYTHING!

Lord, empty us of ourselves.  Remove from us the thought that we can do anything on our own strength.  Remind us that everything we need for life has come from You.  Help us to be filled with more of You and less of us.

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