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Day 28 – Issue 15

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Be Still Know

Psalm 15:4 (NLT)

‘Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honour the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts.’ 

As a new Christian one of the hardest things for me was remaining consistent with what I said I believed. I was easily caught up into following the behaviours of whichever group I happened to be with. So my Christian witness was dependent upon context and circumstance rather more than and coherent and consistent principles. Of course I could tick all the appropriate boxes in any given Christian gathering and wanted to communicate that I was a serious and successful disciple to those discipling me. However, much of it was simply smoke and mirrors.

As I have matured, consistency is not something that I would identify as one of my strongest characteristics. I think I’m easily persuaded by the dominant mood music. One thing I discovered as I cared for Katey was the responsibility that lay with me to practice the Christian life that I chose to. Such a choice was mine to make freely. It might never be sub-contracted to Church or to a personal quiet time or equivalent. I had to step up to the plate and stand by my oath even to my hurt.

It is only in the last 15 years that I have been wrestling with this clear and present reality that I must determine who I am in God and how God would have me show up. God wants to craft me as a unique expression of his love and as a missional expression here in the earth.

Discovering who we are in God and living consistently with that identity is critical for each of us. It demands bravery for we are not to be the shadow of an existing identity. God invites us to engage in active pursuit of who he’s formed us to be and then invites us to live consistently with that identity. It often involves a lot of letting go as well as fresh new discoveries.

QUESTION: How hard is it for you to be as the psalmist says to be one who will, ‘stand by their oath even to their hurt’?

PRAYER: Wise Father, you did not make me to live in any other image but yours, no other character than Christ’s.

Written by: Matt Weet

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