Skip the center part – expertise LIFE at this time
Learning trust is one of the most difficult tasks in life. – Isaac Watts
Jesus loves the Father and lived his entire earthly life completely dependent on the Spirit who dwelt in him – and He calls us to do the same. Our love for God should lead to dependence on God. This dependence naturally leads to obedience.
Our love for him → Dependence on him → Obedience to Him.
But we tend to skip this second part. We tend to say, "I love God, so I have to obey!" "I want to please God so that I obey him." We skip the middle part – addiction, belief, trust – and try to do it on our own to please God, rather than by believing in God.
Look at Noah in Hebrews 11: 7:
By faith, when warned of things not yet seen, Noah built an ark in holy fear to save his family. Through his faith he condemned the world and became an heir to justice that corresponds to faith.
How do we know this guy trusted? We see Noah's faith because he built a boat. Likewise, our faith leads to action when Christ lives his life through us. Christian life is not lived on the couch, which scrolls through the channels with a spiritual remote control. Through us, Christian faith leads to action in the power of Christ if we trust in it.
James put it this way:
But someone will say, "You have faith, I have actions." Show me your faith without deeds and I will show you my faith through my deeds (2:18).
The conclusion is: Our identity in Christ is not determined by our actions. Our identity in Christ is shown in our actions.
Our love for him → dependence on him → obedience to him.
Dear God, I love you! Break the independent desires of my meat. Give me the wisdom and faith to trust you with increasing trust. Then, God, I ask you to enable me to follow you in joyful obedience in any work that you have prepared for me. Amen.
Taken from Pete's 365-day prayer book Experience LIFE today.
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