I recently wrote a blog about being a good example! My mother always told me, “You are the oldest so you must be a good example for others are watching you!”
Such a burden placed upon a person to be so proper - - always needing to be GOOD or act just so, because others are looking at you.
I must say that at times, I was not always the best example, but I tried. Even ‘trying’ is also difficult!
Sweating and striving to be that perfect one, simply makes a person worn out and tired. Along with it brings stress and that burned-out feeling.
Some days you just want to say - - -
“I just cannot do it! - -
I am finished with always 'TRYING' to be good, and to be that perfect good example!!”
Well, there you go! That is the answer! YOU simply cannot be the perfect example by your own self effort.
The day I realized this truth, Jesus spoke to me, and said, “Let Me live through YOU. Give Me your life, and I will give you mine.” Now that seemed like the perfect exchange, so I went for it!
It was almost like being born again – AGAIN. I told the Lord,
“Take My life and let it be wholly yours, and I will allow you to live your life through me.”
That simple confession caused me to be free from the burden of trying, and proving, and living UP TO what God, and others expected of me.
Jesus is IN the Father, and the Father is IN Jesus. I am IN Jesus and He is IN me!
Wow! That analogy takes some thoughful consideration. Why didn’t I see it before?
Free and easy is my life now. I allow Jesus to live through me, and He takes all the WORK out of living. I am so thankful for this wonderful and freely given, "Great Exchange!"
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.