“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like Him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.” (v 1-2 MSG)
“…For if you are willing to suffer for Christ, you have decided to stop sinning, and you won’t spend the rest of your life chasing after evil desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God.” (v 1-2 NLT)
Father, insert Your skillful hand into the wiring of my mind. Disconnect, reconnect, reroute, rewire,–do whatever it takes to make my thinking processes to be like Jesus. Remove what’s necessary so that there’s room to insert the essentials of the mind of Christ and the attitude of His heart, in order that I imitate (as far as is humanly possible in this life) the actions of His life among us. Release me from the grip of my own desires and will, so that I can be free to do what YOU want.
“God has given gifts to each of you from His great variety of spiritual gifts, manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you. Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God Himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Jesus Christ. All glory and power belong to Him forever and ever. Amen.” (v 10-11 NLT)
There are many gifts You’ve given me, Lord. Direct me in using them to their fullest, so that Your kingdom may grow, so that lives may be moved closer to You, and so that YOU may be glorified. Often I employ the various gifts You’ve recreated in me by Your Spirit or the talents You knit into my being as You created me. Yet, You’ve when you prompt me with the simple message “use your gifts.” Show me what You mean, Daddy. Guide my hands, my feet, my words,…
Where there are risks to take and challenges to meet, let’s go! Let’s do them together and watch the glory rise up to You. Let’s catch glimpses of the hearts that will be drawn to You, drawn closer to Your side or into a relationship with You for the very first time. Let’s do it, Lord. Here’s my hand … I’ll walk with You as You make me just like Jesus, and use me to touch this world. Amen.