It’s Jesus perfect nature—His sinlessness, His purity, His glory—that allows God to love Him with an eternal, unconditional love. And it’s these very things that Jesus gives us—sinlessness, purity, and glory—that allow God to love us.
His divine initiative has set you on the path that leads directly to Him, and you are responsible to walk it, but along the way, you’ll find the sustenance your soul needs to keep your pace by setting your sights upon Christ and not looking back. All is of grace. We are responsible. God is the divine initiator. Man is the responsible actor. Let’s not diminish either one of these biblical truths, but hold both of them tightly and closely, believing that as we work, so does He.
Is our ministry our gift to God or is our ministry God’s gift to us?
The Psalms contain the full spectrum of human emotion and passion poured out before God in song: love, anger, wrath, guilt, repentance, lament, happiness, blessing, cursing, prospering, lacking, fear, hope, peace, praise, adoration, thanksgiving, and any and every other disposition, affliction, or perspective that is felt and contained in the human experience.
The first chapter of the book of Ephesians can serve as a helpful balance to how we ought to think and speak of ourselves.