Are we more faithful to Jesus than when we started with Him or less faithful? Maybe we need to review…
27 Stop listening to instruction, my son [student], and you will stray from the words of knowledge. Pr 19:27
Notice the verse said, “listen.” When we read the Word of God, we must listen for the Holy Spirit. If we don’t, then we rely on our own wisdom and discernment–which, we don’t have! We simply can’t see far enough ahead nor broadly enough.
Now, about our faithfulness: We must never forget that our faith is based upon an event and a person, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. In the (similar) words of Andy Stanley, “If someone tells me of His impending death and resurrection and then does it, I’m going with Him!”
This resurrection continues in our hearts as we are raised to new life. We were dead in our sins, but Christ raised us up! The Apostle Paul said it best:
1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ep 2:1-5
Are you thankful? Aren’t you grateful? We owe Him EVERYTHING! Connect with Him today in worship. Tell Him how much you appreciate His sacrifice for us. Listen to Him say, “You’re welcome, Beloved.”