Disobedience Training (April 6, 2013)

When we fail to follow through with what God wants us to do, we are being disobedient even when the reasons sound reasonable and sensible.  Sometimes obedience costs us money, time, inconvenience, embarrassment, etc.  If we choose not to obey, we save ourselves a lot of grief and trouble.  But….wait.

“When you and I give up trying to figure it all out ahead of time and simply follow Jesus, daily and hourly in the next 10 seconds, doing whatever he asks us to do, we’ll actually move closer to that previously elusive ideal of absolute surrender than we ever dreamed possible.  That’s exactly what dying (surrendering) daily to the will of God means.”  {p.31 ‘The 10 Second Rule‘}

[Read Luke 5]

Luke 5:27-28  Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi {Matthew} sitting at his tax collector’s booth.  “Follow me, and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him.  So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.

When Jesus called him, Levi/Matthew didn’t hesitate and count the cost.  He got up, left everything (his job, his livelihood, his family) and followed. When Jesus calls us, we should follow Matthew’s example not thinking about what we might lose or be required to give up.  The difficult becomes easy when we let Christ lead us.

Father God,
We don’t often consider the significance of Matthew’s response to Jesus’ call.   Without considering the loss of his livelihood and, quite possibly, his family, Matthew immediately got up and followed Christ.   He had obviously heard about Jesus and what He had been doing.  He had probably already decided the cost of following Christ was incomparable to what he would gain.  I need to make a decision now to follow You so that when Jesus calls I will be ready without excuses or reasons to decline.  Give me the boldness to stand up for You.  Amen.

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About Jill Potts Jones

I am a Believer. I believe in God. I believe that Jesus Christ is THE Son of God. I believe that Jesus died so I can have eternal life. I am not ashamed to say that the Lord Jesus Christ is my God and my Savior!
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One Response to Disobedience Training (April 6, 2013)

  1. The problem is that most “pious” people do what they want to do, and convince themselves and give other people a verbal bombardment that they are actually doing “God’s will.”

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