I wrote this post a few days ago. I’m glad I waited to send it because today the pastor shared that NOW is the time to follow Christ and to be His disciple. Many of us believe, but are we choosing to give all to Him, right NOW. Here is a great verse added to my spiritual growth in this area:
“If we are living now by the Holy Spirit’s power, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Then we won’t need to look for honors and popularity, which lead to jealousy and hard feelings.”
Galatians 5: 25 (Living Bible)
My husband and I were chatting about the post “marching orders…” and took note the instruction of “don’t delay.” I couldn’t really put into words how I felt. On the way to work yesterday, I turned on the radio and David Jeremiah was in the middle of discussing how Abraham did not delay once he was given the instructions by God to sacrifice Isaac. David Jeremiah noted that Abraham did not wait and pray for weeks to make sure He heard the voice of God in His life. He acted immediately and without delay. I smiled that God continued this thought in my heart through the use of a sermon on the way to work. Thank you Jesus.
I know there are big decisions in life in which we must act immediately like a job offer, disciplining a child, job responsibilities, a phone call in which someone needs you in a crisis. Yet, what about the small things? Can I act immediately when God tells me to approach a person with kindness? Can I immediately offer mercy, when my heart feels justified to be angry? Can I, without haste, claim the promises of God, instead of self-critical thoughts?
These small things add up to a day of passionately walking with Jesus in obedience, or a day in which we feel out of step, or down trodden.
I remember the post in which we talked about waking up every day and praying
“God, today I die to self, and pray for Your will in my life.”
Sometimes I feel like I need to “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17). Desiring to be consumed hour upon hour with His Spirit and truly embrace His love for me, and others.
Jesus, just as Abraham without delay followed your instructions, will you help us to be obedient in the small things? Will you give us the strength and wisdom to act in kindness and love? Romans 3:24 says “Yet God, with underserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” Lord we received Your free gift of love and eternal life. This gift was given through underserved kindness, and you DECLARE we are righteous. Help us to extend that same kindness to others, and see them through Your eyes – a child of God, declared as righteous, and someone who may need to hear the message of salvation. Amen