God’s Work in You
“God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey Him and the power to do what pleases Him.” (Philippians 2:13 NLT)
RAMBLINGS from Evan’s dad – Last night we watched the final Artios production of Macbeth. We were blown away at our youngest, who had never uttered a word on stage, speak over 140 lines in the role of Ross. He was a character that was pretty steady in his behavior and actions. He was one that spoke the truth, and didn’t vacillate with the anger, deceit, or revenge that was played out each night on stage. I think he was able to play that character so well, because in many ways it was Evan playing Evan.
He and his two siblings were a handful when little. Not because they were bad, they were just very active. When they were 1, 3 and 5, it was not unusual to come home and find Kris tired from a long day of herding cats!
We tried to be very consistent with them with regards to discipline and rules that we went by. They knew early on on what they were, and were not suppose to do. When they failed to obey and stepped outside of what was acceptable behavior, they faced the consequences. But, they also were always reminded that we loved them.
As they have grown older and more mature, those times of needing correction, are now few and far between. We spend most of our time now in encouragement and mentoring. It’s a wonderful place to be today. I’d like to think it is because we were diligent and consistent when they were younger.
In a lot of ways I guess that is the role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of us who follow Jesus. As babies in Christ we stumble a lot, doing what we should not do. And when we do, we have to deal with the consequences. Yet if we are able to go through them with our eyes, ears, and heart open, we quickly realize we are still loved. In fact just like the kids, we hopefully learn that He loves us just as much as ever.
These days when we have all the kids under our roof, there is a great deal of laughter, talking, sharing, and loving each other for who we are. The Bible refers to that as fellowship. As believers, we should see that with God, through His Holy Spirit, the more we are able to walk in the way we are instructed, the more INHABITABLE we will be….
“…for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)