by Christina Rose
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV
Jesus gently nudges us to walk the earth as he did, in a place of intimacy with God, knowing that He knows our needs, loves us unconditionally, and will always provide for us. Even though Jesus was often surrounded by those who often were anxious and fearful, He stayed calm. He refused to be pressured by people or circumstances. He gave his time selflessly by stopping to genuinely care, heal, and listen to others.
We live in a fast-paced world where we think we never have enough time. I was in this place five years ago, which severely challenged my health. I was called to leave California behind to slow down, spend time with family, and grow in faith. When I recently returned to California, I was unprepared for what had changed. After those years away, people and places looked so different. I discovered my faith walk had changed me as well. This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT
Now that I could see with new eyes, I realized some of my relationships needed mending; there were those I did not treat well and others I needed to forgive. Some of my past decisions had been made out of pride or insisting on doing everything my way. I had been living in a world where our looks and what we owned determined our worth. It was all a lie.
The past five years of leaving everything behind and learning to trust God for provision made me realize that Christ is our only firm foundation. All the rest can vanish in an instant. How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. James 14:14 NLT
One night I had a dream that I was at a big party. The room was full of people having an enjoyable time. A gentleman in the crowd kept smiling and waving at me. I thought, “I know him, but I can’t remember from where.” Finally at the end of the party as people were dispersing, he walked towards me and handed me a beautiful long stem red rose. I thought, “How does he know my name?” As he smiled at me, I looked in his eyes and saw the markers in his hands and realized, “Of course, it’s Jesus!” I then knew He had always been waiting for me to notice him and give him my time. He never pressured or pushed me to see Him, he waited patiently for me to invite Him into my life.
My home church has welcomed me back warmly and now I never miss a service. Now that faith, friends and family are my foundation, I have found peace at last.
The world today may want us to race and stress, to over-plan our days and then be impatient with others, but when we walk in love as Jesus did, taking time to meet people’s needs, we encourage others to walk with us. Sometimes all it requires is slowing down to see people with the heart and mind of Christ. Love is our highest calling, as it leads us into His glorious light.
So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT
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About the author: Christina Rose is an author, trainer and speaker with the John Maxwell Team. She is a DAR whose patriot ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War. Christina’s book, My Appeal to Heaven, is her story. With her young family on the verge of falling apart, Christina appeals to heaven for hope and freedom just as her patriot ancestors did hundreds of years ago. She is a contributor to Arise to Peace Daily Devotional and a frequent blogger for Arise Daily Devos.
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