I am the God who gives and gives and gives. When I died for you on the cross, I held back nothing: I poured out My life like a drink offering. Because giving is inherent in my nature, I search for people who are able to receive in full measure. To increase your intimacy with Me, the two traits you need the most are receptivity and attentiveness. Receptivity is opening up your innermost being to be filled with My abundant riches. Attentiveness is directing your gaze to me: searching for me in all your moments. It is possible to stay your mind on Me, as the prophet Isaiah wrote. Through such attentiveness you receive a glorious gift: My perfect Peace. – Jesus Calling
Seeking and receiving seems easy enough, so why do we make it so complicated? Why do we think that we are to work a little harder, do a little more, shine a little brighter? This relationship we have with Christ has NOTHING to do with us or what we feel we have to be! It is ALL about His Love, His Character and His desire to shower us with His Peace. All He asks of us is to be aware of the His Presence and receive what He has to offer.
The following was sent to me. I love it because it reminds me that as a Christian, I am not called to “be“, I am only called to recognize the One who is!
When I say that ‘I am a Christian’, I am not shouting that ‘I am clean living’.
I’m whispering ‘I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.’
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I don’t speak of this with pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not trying to be strong.
I’m professing that I’m weak and need His strength to carry on.
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not bragging of success.
I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not claiming to be perfect.
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not holier than thou,
I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, somehow!