The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 89
For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.
–2 Corinthians 8:12 (ESV)
Oh, pure heart, how happy you are! By your living faith, you see God himself. You see him in all things, and at every moment, working within you and around you. In all things you are his subject and his instrument. In all things he leads and guides you. You do not even think about it most of the time, but he thinks for you. Whatever happens to you, and must happen, according to his order, it is enough for him that you desire it. He hears your readiness.
–Jean Pierre de Caussade
If your heart truly desires to do the will of God, you will be aware of your own failures. There will be things you attempt to do that do not work out. There will be times when your best efforts come up short. You will make mistakes. In former days, it would have been your pride that was hurt in the aftermath of such failures. Now it is your love for the will of God.
At such times, be encouraged by the fact that God hears your readiness. The apostle Paul gave similar encouragement to the Corinthians. He was taking up a collection for Jerusalem, and some of the Corinthians were not able to contribute as much as they had originally projected. Instead of shaming them, Paul commended their original readiness as the root of a good act of giving. The size of the gift may now be smaller than what some had been ready and willing to give, but it is all one act of giving. From root to branches, everything we do is like a single tree, and is seen by God in its entirety. A pure heart, knowing this, suffers failure with grace, and bears with its own weaknesses just as it does with the weaknesses of others.
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