We’re considering the amazing provision for those who are God’s own. The capacity to trust in Jesus—to actually believe the Gospel and all God has promised—emanates from God’s generosity.

It is God who made God’s own light to shine in our hearts, giving us the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. [2 Corinthians 4:6]

The Bible states that we who are in Christ are new. New in every way. [Revelation 21:5]

I come from a long line of self-made, hard-working types. In my experience, ministry is deeply satisfying as long as there’s clarity about God’s direction, plenty to do, and some sense that I’m progressing. Take away any of those signposts and I can become bewildered.

Fast.

Then, I naturally double down on whatever it is that I’m doing, even the result is more fruitless toil.

But, being a new creation in Christ, I’ve experienced grace to break the generational pattern, pause, and trust God’s Spirit to guide me in a new way forward. I’m learning that even my willingness to climb off the merry-go-round of useless toil is evidence of being new. Trusting God can be taxing for high responsibility DIY types, and facile for one whose identity is secure in Christ.

–Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

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