Read: Luke 6:46-49
Consider: Can you imagine what life would be like if everyone decided not to heed STOP signs, drive in the correct lane, or ignore the danger at a level crossing when a train is approaching. Whatever the warning, we are expected to heed it and do what is right.
Why is it then that with regard to spiritual matters we so often decide that what we read in the Bible we have a choice as to whether or not we put it into practice? Worse still is doing what the Bible says half-heartedly or partially. It is as if we think that partly doing what God wants will be acceptable to him. I can hear some people say – ‘At least it is better than nothing!’ Maybe so, but God wants us to whole-heartedly put into practice what he reveals to us in Scripture.
To enable us to live a holy and godly life we must be prepared to do what Jesus says. Think about the last few posts. We learned that the characteristics of the Christian life are to:
- do good
- be generous
and we can now add a further characteristic:
You may be thinking that of course we must be obedient. How can we be Christ’s if we don’t obey him. Think again about the verse from Luke 6:46 quoted above. To whom is it addressed? Looking at the context of Luke 6, Jesus is addressing a large crowd made up of his disciples and other people (6:17). Could he be addressing his comment to include his disciples? I think the context would indicate yes. Luke mentions a large crowd of his disciples. Too often we think only of the twelve, but Jesus had many followers. His comment is addressed to anyone who calls him ‘Lord, Lord’, yet isn’t prepared to fully obey him.
Pray: Father, forgive us for sometimes only half-heartedly putting into practice what you say in the Bible. May we be fully obedient to you. Amen