Verse of the day
And immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
It is one thing to live to please the Lord, it is another to live in His will.
One speaks of a limited flow, the other speaks of an abundant supply. While one speaks of a life of constant personal striving, the other speaks of a position of rest, trust and resign that by trusting in the sovereign strength of the Lord and the confidence His love inspires, we will never put a foot wrong.
Confidence in the Lord must not be equated with nonchalance. No, confidence brings us into conscious submission to live a life designed in His will.
While one who lives in the will of the Lord does nothing without Him, one who seeks to please Him would often subconsciously draw from his personal strength. He would often come short because he lives a partitioned life; on the one hand, he lives a life of righteous deeds, and, on the other hand, he nurses ambitions or relationships which are morally upright but not brought under the Lord’s control.
In choosing Christ, we choose to cease living our lives. We die with Him in His death. All which follows thereafter is His life in us. Is He now living through you?
Jesus has not called us to preach the gospel or live righteously. No, Jesus has called us to live His life, a life wholly consecrated to Him. Living as well as preaching the gospel are only subsets of
A true test of how well we are living in His will lies in how willingly we would yield if Jesus were to ask, “will you live all that you are doing now and just follow Me?”Jesus has not called us to preach the gospel or live righteously. No, Jesus has called us to live His life, a life wholly consecrated to Him. Living as well as preaching the gospel are only subsets of this consecrated life.
References: John 5:19
I submit myself under Your loving instructive hand, to be taught to live wholly consecrated to You. To be and do only as you’d have me.
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