“I went to Big Box Wholesale Club again yesterday,” Stan began, “and I suffered a major disappointment.”
“What happened?” I asked.
“They were out of those fabulous big apple pies that I love so much,” he responded.
“How could they be out of them?” I replied. “They are so good, I would think they would have plenty to meet the demand.”
“Well,” Stan said, “I asked one of the employees about that. Her response was that one of the suppliers of the apples had a problem. The supply chain broke and they couldn’t deliver apples to Big Box. It’s hard to make apple pies without apples.”
“Big disappointment, indeed,” I replied.
“Not all was lost, however,” Stan said. “I got everything else I needed, plus the Holy Spirit showed me a valuable lesson.”
“About apples and apple pies?” I asked.
“No,” Stan said, “about supplies and about not allowing the Holy Spirit’s supply chain to break down.”
“Holy Spirit’s supply chain? Supply of what?”
“Moral excellence,” Stan replied. “The apostle Peter wrote that to me in the beginning of his second letter.”
Continuing, he said, “Peter specifically wrote that, in my faith, I am to supply moral excellence. And to me that means that I have to rely on the Holy Spirit. I can’t supply it on my own.”
“No,” he added, “the Holy Spirit, with emphasis on ‘Holy’, is the source of all I need in order to have moral excellence. I am to allow Him to supply it, and I am to keep the supply chain open at all times by getting my own self-efforts out of the way and allow Him to do what He is in me to do.”
Concluding, Stan said, “While the fruit of the Holy Spirit does not include apples, it does include everything else I need. As well, His supply is unlimited. Why would I be so foolish as to not rely on that supply chain?”
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, . . . 2 Peter 1:5.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you supply everything I need. Everything in the sense of being allowed to spend eternity with you when it is time, as well as all I need on this side of eternity while you keep me here. Thank you for the provision of the Holy Spirit who is that source. I confess that too often I fail to seek His supply of all I need to be and to do what you intend. Please forgive my foolishness in allowing the Holy Spirit’s supply to go unused while I choose to not seek His provision. And please, Father, help me to follow your lead in seeking, claiming, receiving, and embracing every aspect of the Holy Spirit’s supply of all I need to pursue moral excellence. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Think on this: If moral excellence is the goal, what does it look like? Is it attainable on our own? What gets in the way? How do we remove those things that are in the way?
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