Ephesians 1:3-14

Jesus calls us to follow him: He said,

“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

 

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
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Two “turning point” testimonies

Like a weaned child is my soul within me (Psalm 131:2).

Two dear sisters-in-Christ share some important turning points on living for Christ daily:

Huaiching Kantzer: Born and raised in a Christian family, I was greatly helped by understanding that being a Christian is not about believing in God in a general way. It is first to have eternal life in Christ now.  Many of my efforts were then spent on figuring out what this means, until I realized that as Jesus lived in intimate communion with the Father, I must live that same way in Christ (John 14:20). Next, I learned that faith and works are not antithetical (Eph. 2:8-10).  The Holy Spirit’s regenerating and renewing ministry can include our utmost conscious cooperation without endangering a falling into human self-sufficiency. Indeed it ought to. Finally, I have found that the most direct way to this new life is to ask the Holy Spirit daily to reveal what I need to repent of.  This is one way to be like Him in His death—willingly to put to death all patterns of the Old Self.  God is not finished with me yet, but He has already begun!  Praise God!

 

Susan Antlitz: Becoming a mother has profoundly shaped my Christian walk. Toddlers are fantastic “Holy-Spirit gauges,” and mine puts me to the test every day. Will I respond to him with spirit-filled love and patience, or with unkindness and anger? Filling up his head with knowledge about Jesus does little if I am not modeling a life shaped by God’s grace. I fail everyday, but do not despair because I know God is faithful despite my faithlessness. Motherhood pushes me to see my sin daily, but also to seek out God’s forgiveness daily – for that I am so grateful. The days when I sense God’s nearness and strength the most are those when I prioritize spending time with him before the day begins. I have come to cherish Psalm 131:2, “But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” I must allow God to nourish my soul before I can even attempt to do the same for my family.