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  1. I am so happy with the word of the lord. I am a sinner and he died for me. He made me to be a good discple but I have spent my life seeking for Him that before I die I may be rightous.

  2. Hi Jennifer,

    Thank you for this delightful vignette of a very honest little girl. 🙂

    Would that we were that honest!

    We often don't realize that we make the very same decisions not to be "like God." Only we fudge things. We fail to make a full commitment, and we only "sort of" do what we know is right. Since there's no way to be a Christian without a full surrender, we are really no Christians at all in that state of mind. Unless we change, we are heading for "compost."

    The life of a fully committed follower of Christ is never boring. It is charged with adventure, as well as with trials. It forces us to depend wholly on strength from Jesus.

    Just this last weekend, we were in a discussion with a younger member of our extended family, and I was pleased to note that he saw that as Christians, we need to be "counter-cultural." We cannot live by the standards of our culture, because, if we do, we are headed for "compost."

    Living "counter-culturally" is not easy. It makes us stand out. Although the text that refers to God's people as a "peculiar people" (1 Peter 2:9) really means a "special or chosen people," we will at times look quite "peculiar" in the modern sense, just because we live counter to our culture.

    Thanks for calling us to examine whether we are headed for compost, or whether we are building characters for eternity. This should cause us to examine how we are spending our typical days. We need to ask ourselves, "Is this activity (or couch activity) preparing me for compost or character for eternity?"

  3. God's character is eternal and unchanging just like His law, and we who are created in His image may be partakers of the character of God if we adhere to His law, The law of love. Thank you for drawing our minds to contemplate on the true nature of our characters-whether their 'compost' or seeds growing into the beauty of the 'Character of Christ'.

  4. Jennifer, I totally agree with what you are saying, about becoming like God. It reminds me of this quote from Desire of Ages.

    While we may not be like God now, by His grace He is getting us there."The prince of this world cometh," said Jesus, "and hath nothing in Me." John 14:30. There was in Him nothing that responded to Satan's sophistry. He did not consent to sin. Not even by a thought did He yield to temptation. So it may be with us." (Desire of Ages, Page 123)


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