Once given the measure of Grace to claim the Gospel story for our own redemption, we choose the level of investment in this relationship with Jesus. God’s instructions to know Him first and put Him before all other things are the gist of the first four of the Ten Commandments. Knowing God intimately and putting Him before all other “gods” is difficult to impossible using our will alone and flys in the face of human practicality. That’s the secret though. A relationship with God is the opposite of what seems right to us because we want to be in control and know the answers.
The truth is we don’t know what is in store for us day to day. Calamity or tragedies show up without notice and we face circumstances that crave supernatural guidance or intervention. God spoke the first four Words to Moses so we would know what to do in order to do just that. He gave us direct and simple instructions for not only the rescue from ourselves, but the means to the preventive maintenance to remain so. The pride of life in conjunction with a desire to blend with a culture that moves further from His authority explains why so many Christians embrace beliefs that are not compatible with His words or Jesus’ teachings. Doing so requires a justification to not extol Scripture in exchange for biblical suspicion in order to hold to weak arguments in lieu of deeper explorations of God’s meanings.
The leap of faith it takes to desire Him more than the things of the flesh, which include being in control, only comes to pass by the measures of grace God grants us to do so. These measures are often resisted by the very free will God also gave us to accept them. How will you know that you have received a measure? What should you do if you determine God is trying to get your attention? Why would He want your attention? You will know by the discomfort that comes from not acknowledging Him. When you do you it is impossible to not feel His glory. Why you? Because He loves you and wants into the details of your life. My words will never convince anyone to claim the Cross of Salvation, but as I follow Jesus’ instructions to ‘go and make disciples’ I might be used to help another better know what God has already done on their behalf.
Oswald Chambers said it well with these words, Belief in Jesus is a miracle produced only by the effectiveness of redemption, not by impressive speech, nor by wooing and persuading, but only by the sheer unaided power of God. The creative power of redemption comes through the preaching of the gospel, but never because of the personality of the preacher. *
*My Utmost for His Highest, Revised Edition
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