- Jim Corbett
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"Do you know that I hold you in the highest regard? You are My ministers of the eternal covenant that I have established for the good of all mankind. I hold you very dear to My heart. For many reasons, I must train and refine you. Never do I enjoy seeing you go through challenges to your faith and your commitment, but they are necessary. You have a great responsibility. You are a steward of the most important event in the history of mankind.
"My covenant with you is what the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is all about. Now you have the privilege of demonstrating it to the world and to the angelic beings. With that privilege comes the corresponding responsibility of presenting it properly. That is what My training is all about.
"Submit to My hand. Embrace My love. As you grow, you will discover more wonders than you could ever imagine. The more I can trust you, the more I can reveal to you. I delight in you."
Ephesians 3:10-12 AMP
10) [The purpose is] that through the church the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God in all its infinite variety and innumerable aspects might now be made known to the angelic rulers and authorities (principalities and powers) in the heavenly sphere.
11) This is in accordance with the terms of the eternal and timeless purpose which He has realized and carried into effect in [the person of] Christ Jesus our Lord.
12) In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).
1 Cor. 4:2 AMP
Moreover, it is [essentially] required of stewards that a man should be found faithful [proving himself worthy of trust].
2 Cor. 5:20a NIV
We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
Those of us, who are in training, focus most of the time on who we are not rather than on how our Father sees us. We see ourselves as mistake-making, sin-committing people who wonder if we will ever get this life we've been given in proper order. He sees us as His representatives, His deeply loved children, His reason for the cross. We, as mankind, are the only ones He has chosen to represent Jesus. There is no higher honor anywhere!
Thank You, Father,