As I was reading The Love of God by Oswald Chambers, I came across the following paragraph that made me pause and consider.
"If Jesus Christ were manifested now, would we be like Him? Or would we have a hundred and one things to do before we could be as He is? We have not been taking time to purify ourselves as He is pure because we have been restless and annoyed; we have imagined that we have things to do that no one can do but ourselves. It may be true, but immediately we think it, we lose out. There is only one lodestar to the saint, the Lord Jesus Christ. We have no business getting into circumstances God does not put us into. Faith means keeping absolutely right with God. He does all the rest. We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation. What God looks at is what we are in the dark--the imaginations of our minds; the thoughts of our heart; the habits of our bodies; these are the things that mark us in God's sight." (Excerpt from "The Love of God" by Oswald Chambers)
I strongly feel these are questions we, as Christians, need to ask ourselves.
How am I in the dark?
Where do I let my mind and imagination take me?
What are the deep, inner thoughts of my heart?
What are the habits of my body?
And most importantly, What can I do to purify myself so I'll be more like Jesus? That's a tall order. It seems almost impossible but I must remind myself that all things are possible with God.
When things don't go as we like, do we accept the situation immediately, or do we indulge in feelings of regret that can easily spill over the line into resentment? I am reminded that I need to remember that God is sovereign over my circumstances and humble myself under His mighty hand. Instead of being resentful, I need to rejoice in what He is doing in my life, even though it is beyond my understanding. The ultimate challenge is to fix my eyes on God, no matter what is going on around me.