Thursday, July 23rd

Thursday, July 23rd

Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. Romans 14:4 NIV

Yesterday we came face to face with our need for Divine patience so that we are able to wait to get the entire picture of things and don't mistreat someone by prematurely reacting in a way that is harsh, hurtful, and judgmental. When we rely on God for patience it is an act of dependence. If I am truly depending on God then I am not depending on myself. When I depend on myself I am wrapped in myself. When I depend on God I am wrapped up in him. It is from experiencing this kind of relationship with God that I learn the secret of our Romans passage: that ultimately I answer to God alone and so does everyone else.

Without a dependent relationship with God where I am wrapped in him instead of myself, my relationships with others are bound to get out of wack. Even if I want to live fully for God but don't learn dependence on God, I will be in trouble. When I approach the Christian life as something I do for God, I will be come legalistic about righteousness for myself and for others. It is so easy to slip into becoming the spiritual police for everyone around me and to relate to them judgmentally in my attitudes, actions, and words. When I depend on God and am wrapped up in him, I begin to count on the fact that God is on the job of overseeing my spiritual journey and that of everyone else. I can leave others in his capable hands. God does choose to use his people to accomplish his purposes in the lives of others. Knowing when this is part of what he is doing in someone's life and when it is not is vital. When I am depending on him and I am wrapped up in him, he will be able to make it clear to me what my role is in a relationship I have with someone else.

Lord, Wow! I see more clearly than ever that the Christian life truly needs to be supernatural. I know it is not about me doing something for you. It is not even about my enlisting your aide for living right. I realize it's about my life being "your doing" as I depend on you fully and am wrapped in you totally. I pray today for a supernatural relationship with you and supernatural relationships with others. Amen!

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