In a previous post, I mentioned the devotional that I read daily called Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It is wonderful and insightful and great at turning your thoughts to Jesus. It is written as though Jesus is the one doing the speaking to the reader and conveys encouragement and affirmation. I find it to be a treasure daily. Today, I read the entry for September 16th and found that Ms. Young put into words the core of what I believe in a way that I have never quite managed to:
“I designed you to live in union with Me. This union does not negate who you are; it actually makes you more fully yourself. When you try to live independently of Me, you experience emptiness and dissatisfaction. You may gain the whole world and yet lose everything that really counts.
“Find fulfillment through living close to Me, yielding to My purposes for you. Though I may lead you along paths that feel alien to you, trust that I know what I am doing. If you follow Me wholeheartedly, you will discover facets of yourself that were previously hidden. I know you intimately – far better than you know yourself. In union with Me, you are complete. In closeness to Me, you are transformed more and more into the one I designed you to be.”
References ~ Mark 8:36; Psalm 139:13-16; 2 Corinthians 3:170-18