Last month I asked the Lord Jesus what gift I could give Him for His Birthday. As I listened for His reply, I had the recurrent thought that He wanted me to honor Him by following the Apostle Paul’s example. “But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3: 13-14
This month I am intent on delivering this gift to Him, morning by morning, hour by hour. I am, by nature, prone to second guessing myself, prone to ruminating over my sins, my mistakes, and my failures. This rumination leaves me stuck in yesterday. In my flesh I am unable to forget what lies behind and strain ahead. To give my Lord His gift, I need to exercise His gift to me. I need to grab hold of His life within me, His power, His grace. As I do that, I am able to leave the past behind – to leave it at the foot of the cross of Christ, covered with His atoning blood. I am able to live new, each new day, straining ahead and upward.
“Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
Lord, I praise You for your compassions which never fail and that are new every morning! I thank You for giving me newness of life each new day.