Today's Reading - John 14:15-31
It would be so easy for me to examine the gifting of the Holy Spirit by Jesus which He explains in today’s passage. I could talk about the fact that the Holy Spirit is our Counselor, Teacher, the very Spirit of Truth and that He lives within us and is active within us 24/7, even in our dreams. But I won’t do that.
It would be such wonderful joy to me to discuss verse 27, one of my favorite passages in the entire Bible. It is personal to me because I have experienced Jesus’ inexplicable peace and can testify that it runs totally against all that one can expect of human nature. Unless you have experienced it, you can’t possibly understand it. But I don’t do that either.
I won’t go into those things because I fully accept both the Spirit and the peace. Both bring me joy, and I am grateful beyond measure for them. I can’t say the same for what I’m actually going to discuss.
Today I’m going to dig into obedience. I don’t know about you, but I’m uncomfortable with the principle of obedience. However, Jesus is so adamant about it that He tells us three times that we will obey Him if we love Him (verses 15, 21, and 23). He goes on to say that obedience is so very important for His disciples to understand that He is going to have to demonstrate that He Himself loves the Father so much that He will obey Him by going so far as to die on a cross.
Now this really hurts me. I love the Lord with all my heart, but I fail to be obedient to Him time and time again. I want to obey Him, and I really do try to obey Him; but somehow impulse or fear or timidity or anger takes over. So, His words equating love for Him with obedience gives me pause. They aren’t words of comfort and peace.
As I ponder Christ’s words today, these are the questions that confront me:
Do I really love God enough to try to become obedient to Him with my service, my money, my body, my time, and my mind?
What is the source of my disobedience? Is it greed? lust? envy? self-centeredness? insecurity? The list could go on and on.
Which is the area of obedience in which I most often fail, and can I commit to work on trying to eradicate my disobedience in that one area before moving on to the next?
If I had only one week left, what would I do in obedience to Christ to prove my love for Him?
Ok put down your Bible and live this week like it was the last!
by Grace Weedman