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Day 24 – Issue 15

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Be Still Know

Psalm 101:2 (NLT)

‘I will be careful to live a blameless life – when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home.’

A week of considering the reality and consequences of the resurrection within my own life calls me afresh to, ‘study the way that is blameless’. In my understanding that is the way of following Christ.

I know for years I followed Christ sincerely yet with little regard for the follower God might like. I read scripture, formulated my own ideas, plotted my own path which looked little different to what it might have had my career led me into secular work. I was confident in my ability to interpret the mind of God, yet therein lay the problem. It was my interpretation. What’s more if it wasn’t my interpretation it owed a little too much to the interpretation of others.

On Day 21 I wrote of moving from unconscious incompetence to unconscious competence. Throughout that process the engagement with and encouragement from others is essential. These are the voices that explain the tools and work in developing my skills as a practitioner in any discipline. However, their objective, and mine, is to become a skilled practitioner. As such I not only utilise the well-honed skills but I learn through experience.

Once I have set as my objective to study the way of God, chosen to pursue God above everything and everyone else, then at that point I will need to lean upon the discipleship tools I have acquired (let’s hope I was paying attention). The answer to the question of when I shall attain this is the moment I move from being captivated with myself and lift my eyes to gaze upon God and only move in step with him.

In all this I am not inviting a rush to individualism. I am however appealing for a recognition of two things. First God inspires and works through every image bearer who owns his name. Second, we are often our own worst enemy by being double minded over the degree to which we desire to pursue God with everything we have and are.

QUESTION: What would have to change for your life to be considered blameless?

PRAYER: Heavenly Lord, you called me to be holy as you are holy. I cannot do that on my own. Please renew your Spirit within me. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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