Dear Jesus

My kingdom is not about earning and deserving; it is about believing and receiving.

Dear Jesus,

That is very good news, because I could never work hard enough or be good enough to deserve Your kingdom. Yet I struggle with a strong desire to earn my way—at least partially—rather than simply receive everything from You. In some ways, believing and receiving seem more difficult than earning and deserving. I find myself wanting recognition for my efforts and accomplishments. Help me to desire Your way more than mine.

Beloved, I know how vulnerable you are to idolatry. One of the most prevalent temptations is to idolize yourself or your own good works. For this reason, I often withhold success until people are weak enough to handle it. When they have been sufficiently broken by adversity and failure, they are better able to deal with success. So, when trials of many kinds come your way, receive those things as gifts from Me. Believe that I know what I am doing and My way is perfect. After you have suffered a little while, I Myself will make you what you ought to be, ground you securely, and strengthen you. This is how I prepare you to share in My eternal Glory.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

[James 1:2–3]

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.

[2 Samuel 22:31]

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you.

[1 Peter 5:10]

~ Sarah Young ~

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