“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.” Bryan Gilbert
14 The faithless [those who act in unbelief] will be fully repaid for their ways,
and the good rewarded for theirs.
Even though they claim to have Christ in their hearts and the Holy Spirit in their lives, most Christians still live as though they don’t. Why is that? Mostly because they have not sought the LORD on a daily basis in His Word, enjoyed His company in prayer–except for a quick one along the way, or trusted Him during the day with their decisions (any of them).
The victorious Christian life is what Jesus wants for us. What most people settle for is wandering in the desert. God still provides for our basic needs (just as He did for the Israelites during the Exodus), but He wants SO MUCH MORE for us, including a special relationship with Him. The whole point of the cross was to make it so we could have Him in our hearts and lives! Why settle for a distant relationship?
Jesus wanted the same close relationship with His family and hometown friends. He even went to Nazareth to minister. Here’s what happened:
54 Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. 55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? 56 Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”
58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith. Matthew 13:54-57
Do we “take offense” with Him when we refuse to allow Him to lead in our lives? When we refuse to consult Him on our decisions (both big and small), when we block Him from giving us useful information, preventing us from hurting ourselves, limiting us in receiving blessings, and allowing Him to lavish us with His love and spiritual gifts–gifts? What gifts?!
1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing [gift–see James 1:17] in Christ. Ephesians 1:3
These gifts are bestowed on us AS WE GO. The Christian life is a WALK WITH CHRIST. He said, “Follow Me;” that intimates a walk. We are told to keep in step with Him (Gal. 5:25). The ironic part of it all is that in order to walk closely to Him, we must sit at His feet regularly, like Mary in Luke 10:39, “She [Martha] had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.”
Let’s determine today that we will sit at Jesus’ feet so that we can follow Him closely as we go through our day and keep in step with Him.
Abba, You have SO MUCH to share with me. You even said as much in the upper room (implied in John 14:30). Now, with the Holy Spirit within me, You reveal as much as I will allow–or can take in! Keep it coming, LORD. I want to know all I can about You, Your Plan, and to be useful in Your kingdom both here on this earth now and when You come. Bring REVIVAL, LORD Jesus! Amen.