Thursday, July 22, 2010
July 22 - Habitual Jesus
Our next, and almost next to last, word is the all-encompassing summation:
Put on the Lord Jesus Christ!
This, in Cor Unum, is most assuredly our “holy habit.”
These words are followed, in the same sentence, with the warning, “and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.”
We have seen, over the last two months, that Christlikeness can be visualized and explained, in terms of behavior and right thought; there are things we can do and STOP DOING that mirror His heart and life.
We have all seen, too, what Paul meant when he said, “Oh wretched man that I am! Who will free me from the body of this death?”
Our flesh would creep, for the rest of our days, over the earth, lusting for its own selfish desires or lustily dissatisfied with all it had not obtained, but for the privilege of the habit . . . the habit of putting on the Lord Jesus!
Saved and redeemed as we are, by grace, through faith, we have that privilege of choosing Christlikeness just as He chose, for the love of His Father, to have no personal will BUT to do what He saw the Father doing. Very simply, quite profoundly, we have the same choice, and together, and by faith in Him, we make no other plans and provide no other opportunity today, here in the monastery of the heart.
"God is My Right"
motto of the House of Windsor