So many people are comfortable with just being saved, but that is NOT what Christ had in mind! He wants FELLOWSHIP!
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
His presence in our lives and the fellowship we have with Him has a very practical side. Even while we enjoy Him on a personal level, He is leading us along life’s path. This path is filled with traps, hidden snares, lures, and every kind of temptation. Only Jesus can guide us through them–and rescue us when we get caught in them.
A favorite verse of mine is Ephesians 2:10. I particularly like the NLT version:
10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
- The NIV uses the word, “workmanship.” “Masterpiece” denotes a higher degree of accomplishment and value. It’s not just about His ability to create, but about how pleased He is with His work, with US!
- We are new in Christ upon salvation and every day, even all the time. His Spirit is our tree of life, the shekinah glory of God that lives in us and is constantly regenerating us.
- The “good things” are acts of obedience. HE puts us into position; HE gives us the tools; HE sets up the circumstances; HE tells us what to do; HE empowers us to do it; therefore, HE gets all the glory even as we enjoy doing it. These “good things” are actually new works that glorify the LORD.
If we hear His voice and heed it, then we will supernaturally live righteously, walk humbly with Him and others, and be witnesses in our homes, school, work, church, neighborhood, city, state, country, and the world, all depending upon His plan for each of us. The Key is DEPTH.
How do we get depth? The rest of today’s chapter tells us how:
- We are not wise in our own eyes (verses 7-8).
- We honor God with the best that we have. All the time. Every time. (verses 9-10)
- We accept the LORD’s discipline in our lives, learning as quickly as possible and thanking Him for the discipline. We are better people for it. (verses 11-12)
- We do all we can to find wisdom and gain understanding of Him and His Word by studying the Scriptures and listening to His voice. We will find true treasure and peace in the process. (verses 13-18)
- Wisdom, understanding and knowledge all come from Him. We “study to show ourselves approved” (2 Timothy 2:15). Depth comes from study. Are you ready to go deep with Him? (verses 19-20)
- Wisdom, understanding, sound judgment and discretion come from a disciplined lifestyle. We MUST apply ourselves to learning all we can about Christ and His Plan and then make ourselves available to Him. Daily.
Christ left His throne in heaven, came to earth in human form, died on the cross for our sake, rose again, and then returned to Heaven and now sits on the right side of the Father interceding for us.
HE DID ALL THAT FOR US. CAN’T WE LIVE FOR HIM?
Abba, I remember when Johnny Bisagno preached at Falls Creek that Tuesday noon session in 1975 this very message about all that Jesus went through just to get us back. That day, Howard and I gave our lives back to You after living for ourselves for so long. Thank You for calling me back. Thank You for not putting me on a shelf! LORD Jesus, I pledge myself anew to You. I am Yours. Use me as You see fit. Amen.