Christian Women’s Fellowship
The cross made effective in our lives
Jesus said, ‘Blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.’ Mat 11:6. If we are not offended by the cross of Christ and its circumcising work in our lives, we will be sustained. We will not die a moment earlier than the time that God has fixed for our death, and we daily remind ourselves that nothing touches our lives other than that which has been appointed by the hand of our heavenly Father.
This gives great meaning to the exhortation of the apostle Peter, when he said, ‘May the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.’ 1Pe 5:10. This is our life in the New Covenant. By participating with the Father in His circumcising work, by the way of the cross of Christ, we will be perfected in His love, established, strengthened and settled, both in ourselves and in our families.
Consider your calling
The apostle Paul wrote, ‘Consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong … so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.’ 1Co 1:26-30.
The Lord did not call us because we are wise, noble and strong or because we present well and always do the ‘right’ thing. In the weakness of our fallen human state, He ‘saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began’. 2Ti 1:9. 2 What a precious truth! We have been called with a holy calling, according to His own purpose and grace. Let us allow those words to wash over us. The calling of God is not dependent upon our natural capacities; for God has declared that, surely, no flesh shall glory in His presence. 1Co 1:29.
The Lord wants us to let go of trying to be saved according to our own works. This striving robs us of the grace of God that we can know in our homes and families. It is causing us to be distracted from God’s purposes, and to become preoccupied with our own aspirations in life. Rather, the apostle Paul acknowledged that he had counted all of these strivings as rubbish that he may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of his own but the righteousness, which is from God, by faith. Php 3:8-9.