Dear Readers in Christ, "Draw near to GOD, and He will draw near to you" (James 4:8).

Friday, 30 August 2013


 “…called me by His grace to reveal His Son in me” (Gal 1:15,16).

This is the grand, high calling we have. This is the purpose of our life. Paul understood that. If we know that this is our calling, if we are diligent about this calling of ours, we will never fall. We will not fall in our thoughts. But very often we don’t remember the purpose for which the Lord has called us. Paul says, “…to reveal His Son first in me and then through me.” This is the great work God is doing in our life.

If we are aware of this our high calling, whatever the trial that comes our way, our attitude and spirit will be Christlike. “Oh, this trial is to reveal Christ in me!” we will think. We will not feel offended and hurt. That’s why St Peter writes, “Give diligence to make your calling and election sure…if ye do these things ye shall never fall” (II Pet 1:10).

For Christ to be revealed through you, first He has to be formed in you. St Paul says in Galatians 4:19, “I travail in birth until Christ be formed in you.” The baby must first be conceived in the mother’s womb, before it can be born. Spiritually speaking, Christ being formed in us means, getting a clear revelation of the character of Jesus. Jesus was formed in Mary’s womb through the Holy Spirit (Lk 2:31). So, through the Holy Spirit we have to first get a revelation of the character of Christ.

The prayer and longing of a mother expecting a delivery is, “Oh, somehow I must get a safe delivery!” This is true spiritually also. After we get a revelation about the character of Christ our constant prayer will be, “Lord, this revelation should grow and grow and Your character should be revealed through me.” A mother is very careful about the child conceived in her womb. We must carefully preserve the revelation in us. Then Christ will be growing in us.

When a mother delivers a child there is a travail or pain. That is why Paul also says, “I am travailing that Christ may be formed in you.” Child of God, are you travailing in prayer for Christ to be formed in you?

– Taken from Morning Manna – Thoughts for Daily Devotion

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