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This is so good: “When this becomes the cry of your heart, barren platitudes will eventually come alive to you. Words that used to feel like law, will feel like grace. Obedience will flow from love. You will discover that you were made for this; for glorifying God, for housing the life of God within you, for resting in the endless joy of knowing Him.”
If we abide in His love, rehearsing, remembering and reiterating over and over who He is, what He’s done, and how we are included, even “barren platitudes” will explode within our being. A few days ago I was praising Him (again) for the “ease” of obedience that comes from knowing how very loved I am. I’m therefore more eager to advance His expressions of love towards others. I know I was made for this. Endless joy is my experience. Thanks for posting; I’m refreshed.
You and Thomas Merton make a great team!
Thanks for the scriptural reminder that we don’t have to make the Kingdom seed grow! We look to: “His Word; our water. To Him; our nourishment. His Kingdom; our focus. And to every moment and every event of our lives; our awareness.”
I also love Jaque’s reminder that we are included in what He’s already done!
Spiritual growth can take more time than we can possibly imagine. It takes time for vision to find its correct focus. I fix my gaze as I repeatedly return my trust to God’s successful work and my happy inclusion therein! In time, yes, even “barren platitudes come alive; words that used to feel like law, feel like grace; and obedience flows from love.”
Merton said, “most of these unnumbered seeds (of spiritual vitality) perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them. For such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the good soil of freedom, spontaneity and love.”
Interesting that the preparation that is lacking is freedom, spontaneity and love…
Thank you, Sara, for continually looking unto Jesus – the Author and Finisher of your faith!