—Psalm 51:4a, (NLT).
We don't like to wait for anything. Patience is something that is foreign. Whatever we go through, if it involves any discomfort or pain, we want it to end immediately. Commitment and perseverance are virtues that have fallen by the wayside. Society teaches that whatever is wrong in my life, it is not a result of anything I have done. “Don't blame yourself,” society insists, “someone else caused this to happen. You couldn't help it.”
It is time that I take responsibility for who I am, what I believe, what I say, and how I act. I am not responsible for circumstances over which I have no control, and it would be self-defeating to analyze the cause of each one. But I am responsible for my own actions, and how I respond to failures and problems. Without spiritual growth, I will never grow up to be responsible.
Spiritual growth in Christ is convicting. It doesn't allow me to make excuses. It reveals that I must take responsibility for my bad attitude or my fly-off-the-handle reaction. I should learn from my failure and make every effort to not foster that circumstance again. Spiritual maturity also teaches that the next time I am faced with circumstances either of my own making or not of my own making, I will react in a mature way that exhibits the fruit of the Spirit. I will respond with love. With patience I will walk in peace and joy. With kindness I will not judge or try to control someone else. With gentleness, I will choose to have no agenda or something that I have to prove. With faithfulness I will remain committed to God’s purpose and not my own. The only way that I can have the fruit of the Spirit alive in my life is to allow my selfish attitude and desires to be crucified with Christ. When I am willing to make this selfless journey—when I am willing to accept responsibility for my life—when I realize that without Him I will never be my true self—then I have begun the journey to grow deeper in Him.
Do you want to go deeper into His Word, and His Truth? Do you want your life to be transformed by the Holy Spirit, and your mind to be renewed? I yearn for the virtues that Peter writes about in 2 Peter 1:3-7 to anchor my life—those spiritual qualities of diligence, moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, and godliness, brotherly kindness, and love! I choose to add these in my life, and He promises to empower each choice!
What about you? Are you tired of easy answers that offer no lasting peace? Take responsibility for who you are, and allow Him to continually mold your life. When commitment and perseverance are fully developed in your life, you shall be mature and standing strong in Him (James 1:4). You will know the freedom that comes with spiritual growth and accountability. No more masks to hide behind. No more trying to find a way to avoid what you face. No more avoiding issues with a “who me” attitude. You will know that where the Spirit of the Lord is, you have been set free. And when He makes you free, you are indeed free!
© 2018 Lynn Lacher