DayBreaks for 08/01/11 – What We Really Need
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. – Romans 8:29
“I wish I were a better person.” “I wish I could stop this-or-that-sin, but I just can’t ever seem to stop.” “I wish I didn’t have those awful thoughts.” “I wish I could forgive them, but it’s impossible.”
We do a lot of wishing when it comes to our behavior and our thoughts. I suppose it goes hand in hand with being a Christian: we see the standard as demonstrated in the life of Christ but when we look in the mirror of the Holy Word and see our lives, we see that we fall drastically short of what we should be. It can be discouraging.
Yet, long as we wish to be better people, perhaps we are longing for the wrong thing. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be a better person, but that will never be achieved by resolve or our own human effort. In a recent post at Patheos.com, I thought one of my sons put it well: “We do not need a better us. We need more of Christ in us.” – Tim Dalrymple
Rather than trying to live better or make ourselves better (very self-focused), let’s try to have less of ourselves and more of Christ living within (Christ-focused).
PRAYER: Father, let us not strive to make ourselves better, but to daily let more of Christ live within us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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