Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
When I was in college I was in an ensemble and one of the girls wrote a song using Psalm 73:25-26. Since that time this verse has always been close to my heart. It has been a comfort to me for different reasons at different stages.
Daily my flesh and my heart fail, but God remains constant no matter how far I move from Him or how much I “mess up.” As a follower of Christ, a Christian, a believer… whatever label you place on having a personal relationship with Christ,… I want a life that reflects the heart and desires of Christ for my life.
All through Scripture we see the need to pt our own desires aside. Look at Titus 2:11-14, For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. It speaks of God’s grace, which I am so thankful and yet so undeserving to receive.
However, God’s grace should not be your only motivation for desiring to be like Christ. Yes, it is a gift we are given as His children and heirs to His Kingdom, but we MUST strive to succeed to be like Him. We will fail on a daily basis? Absolutely! I am a prime example of failing, but each day is a new chance to try again. Now, don’t get me wrong… we are not saved by our works, it is by Grace alone through Faith alone that Christ brings us out of the pit of sin and offers His forgiveness through the death of his Son. John 3:16-17. As we live in Him, we must pursue being like Christ. That pursuit must happen not only in our actions, but in our hearts. It is through our motivation that our Salvation is lived out in our daily activities. John 15.
We must be bearing good fruit and not be stagnant in our relationship with Him. Growth in Christ comes through serving. It is in serving we share with others how God is our strength and how He is our portion forever. And it is when we fail on a daily basis, that people can witness, through that failure, God’s grace and mercy through our actions and reactions.
His strength is perfect and grows in us as we serve each other and let Him love others through us. It is through Faith we are saved, it is through allowing that faith to be lived out in our daily actions, failures, successes, and relationships that people see Him through us. And as the Holy Spirit works, people come to know Him despite our flesh.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.