When it comes to your relationship to the Lord, are you one of His in the fullest sense when you need Him? Lynn shares her feelings about this.
“So you will be My people, and I will be your God” (Jeremiah 30:22).
A dear friend used to sign off his correspondence with these words: One of His. He served the Lord with complete abandon even though living in the most excruciating chronic pain for thirty-five years.
I can sum up the lessons I learned from him in these words.
We each are to serve the Lord wherever we find ourselves, no matter our circumstances. He alone is our strength. We learn this in deeper ways when our own strength is weakened or taken away.
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord” and “serve the Lord with gladness” are exhortations in Psalm 100 (ESV). This is more easily done when all is well in our lives.
I can say, for myself, that when my days were carefree, I loved the Lord and honored Him–but I did not run to Him or turn to Him in the ways that I do now.
I need to be aware of His nearness at all times for He is all of my strength. I need to be aware of His presence. In order to persevere with the challenges in my life, I want to focus on Him and not my challenges. This makes Him glad for then He can be my strength. Together we are bonded. My trust in turning to Him is the foremost way in which I serve Him. It brings Him joy and it brings me strength!
As God never changes, we are the ones called upon to change and be changed. It is an issue of the heart, both His and ours. We seek, we find, we are found. We trust, we wait, we learn. We are one of His. “. . . I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name, you are Mine” (Isaiah 43:1b).
Serving the Lord as one of His results from knowing and believing that He is not only Lord and Savior, but that He has called us his friends. We are no longer servants. (John 15:15) A servant serves out of obedience. Friends find joy in serving out of love.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord for calling me to Yourself. To be one with You is the highest calling. Amen.
About the Author:
Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 30 years of living with daily physical challenges. Visit Lynn’s blog and sign up to receive new postings in your email box! http://lynn-severance.blogspot.com
Share a time when you found yourself in deepest need of drawing close to the Lord and how He met you in your need. What would you tell a friend about the Lord’s faithfulness when they find themselves struggling to believe He is near? What are some ways you feel that you serve the Lord with gladness?
Being one of His will mean we are called to a faithfulness that only comes from the Lord’s calling us to Himself. We have not only Christ’s model of complete surrender, but the example of many who have journeyed the road before us. Listen as Steve Green reminds us in song of this narrow but important path we walk.