Set Jesus Free Part One
One area of our Christian walk that often times hinders God’s children from allowing Jesus to live His life through us is our near total reliance on our “natural minds.” The scripture states in the book of Proverbs,
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Our natural minds or that which we can know through our natural abilities, often times dictates what we will allow God to do in our lives. There are so many principles and boundaries we follow consciously and unconsciously that, many times, even when God speaks plainly, we decline to hear and obey. Thinking we know better, our disobedience seems reasonable when, in fact, it is not.
In reality, the consequences of our actions are so high, i.e. eternal life and eternal death that, that if we understood how important our obedience is, we would radically change our behavior so that we and others might be saved.
There is a lot of preaching, teaching, talking, and praying, however, it is in the doing that people actually obey God. After Jesus ascended, it is worth noting that the first book in the New Testament is entitled “Acts” which details what the apostles did. I believe that, as disciples of Christ, it is what we do that defines us, but, unfortunately, some have accepted the premise that it is ok to live a natural life and give only bits and pieces of ourselves to God. This is a deception of Satan for Jesus says we cannot be His disciple unless we are willing to give all and follow Him.
We long for the day when we will be surrounded by brothers and sisters whose lives are first and foremost to serve God and who live only as temporary inhabitants of this present earth. While literally billions of people hang in the balance between eternal life and eternal death we cannot stand sill or be satisfied with what currently passes for Christianity.
Keith Green sings in “Asleep in the light”,
“Can’t you see, can’t you see, all the people sinking down, don’t you care, don’t you care, don’t you care if they all drown, how can we be so numb not to care if they come”
We feel and hear a cry of the Holy Spirit that is struggling to reach the surface in our hearts. This voice within us wants to somehow awaken and encourage us that we must work while it is yet day. The need is so urgent that all the natural minded reasons that tell us we cannot “listen, hear, and obey on time” are merely mirages.
The fashion of this world is passing away and nothing, except the souls that are touched for God, will survive it. Let us fix our eyes upon what is eternally important and let us not fail to accomplish the work God has given each one of us: i.e. to let Jesus live through us.
Finally, what God is speaking to you now even though your natural mind says “This cannot possibly be right”, is, in fact, absolutely correct. What your reason wishes to dismiss as “too strange for words” and “God would never do that” may in fact be the beginning of hearing the voice of God in your life. Listen to your heart for it usually hears the still small voice of God better than your natural mind. To follow Jesus sometimes you must walk on water with no reasonable expectation of survival other than your belief and trust in one who says, “Come.”
Furthermore, if you can hear it, what God has told you in times past is also correct. He has not changed His mind nor made amendments to His will for your life, His original call still what He wants you do.
If God has pricked your heart and brought this message to you today as a reminder of what He said to you in times past simply repent and obey His voice today. Please do not bury His will in your life again because, besides the loss you will suffer in heaven, many people are literally depending on your obedience so that they can make heaven their eternal home. If you do not obey, they may not be touched and never eat of the tree of life.
Yes, you may have lived in disobedience until this day because you have not obeyed the voice of God, but that can change right now. Late obedience is better than no obedience. Jesus comforts us with these words in the book of Matthew,
“But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.”
Throw off everything that hinders you and simply step out by faith. Perform the will of God in your life exactly as God has shown you. Of course you cannot do it and that is precisely why God must be involved. Remember, it is not the one who originally said yes that obeyed His Father’s voice, but the one who actually went that performed His will.