Our human self-sufficiency is never more evident than at the beginning of the calendar year with our New Year’s Resolutions. Goals are great, but so often we set about those goals in a self-reliant, try harder kind of way.
As Christians, many of these goals are linked to spiritual growth, such as wanting to read the Bible more.
If spiritual growth were as simple as trying harder, we would all be light years ahead of where we find ourselves.
I recently came across some Judah Smith quotes from his book, Jesus Is For You: Stories of God’s Relentless Love, which speak to this topic
The constant battle is to trust Jesus for growth and change even more than our own effort.
“Jesus isn’t standing aloof yelling at us to climb out of our pits and clean ourselves up so we can be worthy of Him. He was wading waist-deep into the muck of life, weeping with the broken. rescuing the lost, and healing the sick.”