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this chapter basically punched me in the face.
i loved the story of jacob that ann shares, and the background she learns about it. how the sinew of the thigh, where God touches jacob, is the strongest part of the human body. how jacob thereafter sees esau’s face with the same awe with which he saw the face of God.
isn’t it always that? doesn’t Jesus always rip apart our blind spots, our strengths, before we can see Him? before we can really lean on Him?
i’ve worked two types of jobs: with students and with customers. at both jobs, i’ve been belittled and overlooked. i’ve had to bite my tongue and react calmly, but i don’t want to do that. i’d rather get angry and start yelling. i’d rather make it known that i will not be pushed over.
but it isn’t about that.
every moment is an opportunity to make much of Jesus. every moment is an opportunity to make much of me. and much like ann says, it’s not changing what we see, but how: so the question i have to ask myself is of whom do i want to make much? myself or Jesus? whom am i trying to glorify?
when we make much of ourselves, we choose to hold onto power. power that we don’t have, power that isn’t ours. it’s an illusion.
when we make much of Jesus, we recognize that He is the only one who holds any power, regardless of who we think is holding the power at that moment. we recognize that He is sovereign. it’s putting actions behind our faith that His ways are higher than ours.
and that brings, not only joy, as ann writes, but freedom. sweet, satisfying, everlasting freedom.
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