So, are you a disciple or is Christianity a self-actualization process for you?

Encouraging-Grace

  1. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
    Mold me and make me after Thy will,
    While I am waiting, yielded and still.

  2. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Search me and try me, Master, today!
    Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
    As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

  3. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
    Power, all power, surely is Thine!
    Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.

  4. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Hold o’er my being absolute sway!
    Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see
    Christ only, always, living in me.

Lyrics By : Adelaid A. Pollard  1907

Until Next Time~
Sunday Blessings,
Kate

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Wishes…

January 2, 2019

If wishes were dishes I’ve service for eight
egg cups, finger bowls, and each kind of plate
a plethora of items, yes, for soup to nuts
If intentions were flatware, each course’d be set
marrow spoons, butter knives, it’s a safe bet.

[_ga- take-off of the old Scottish nursery rhyme
“If fishes were dishes…”, 02jan19]

In other words_

The testimony of John the Baptizer is quite simply one that reflects our mind in true prayer and worship. The contemplation of the things of God drives us toward this space where we are accepted by God because of our Lord Jesus, the Christ, and we are kept in our faith by communion through God the Holy Spirit, by the will of God the Father. Thanks be to God.

In this way of His increase-our decrease, we muddle through this life by walking by the Spirit just as we live by the Spirit. If I am the focus of my spiritual life, then I am not walking by faith but rather in the shadowlands as it were… on the perimeter of disdain about His call that I offer myself a living sacrifice which is my spiritual worship. Let us look not to circumstance or experience to guide us, such are the means for spiritual heathen.

We are born of God, inheritors in the family of God, His royal priesthood and his holy nation. So let us look to Christ Jesus, with all desire and comfort as we drink our coffee, ride the bus, rub elbows with our fellow worldlings. This is walking in His steps.

If my worship is about what I get out of it, then I haven’t worshiped God. So, if not God, who then did I just offer worship, submission, and fealty to?

Reflections: How often do the words “I-me-my-mine” come up in our practice of worship? How often do those words appear in the model of prayer Jesus gave to his disciples? Do I practice a version of Christianized self-actualization?