Obedience

How should I respond to God when He gives me a command or a suggestion? Certainly not “I can’t.” He never tells me to do anything I am incapable of doing. If He says “Do it” and I respond “I can’t” I am calling Him a liar.

If, instead, I should respond with “I don’t want to” I am telling Him my desires are more important than his. That is arrogant and selfish (and more than a little foolish.)

If I allow the Holy Spirit to work within me, someday my sense of “I can’t” and “I don’t want to” will no longer be the first response that comes to mind when God gives me an opportunity to serve within his kingdom. Then my response of “Gladly” will be my instant reaction every time.

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In Matthew 11:29 stated “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…and you will find rest for your soul.”

What is that yoke? I think it is his concern, sympathy and love for others.

Is it more than that? Is it different than that? Perhaps. But whatever it may be, we are promised peace when we accept it and wake up each morning eager to wear it and display it during that day’s activities.

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I want  to be a “puppy” Christian.

A six-month puppy is a combination of raw enthusiasm and unlimited desire to please his master. Such energy results in licks, leaps, wags, and barks.                     .

When his master, through consistent and strict training methods, teaches the pup what is expected he delights in doing what he is told.

I should be just as eager to please God and as willing to be taught. Then maybe my last pre-sleep word from the Holy Spirit will be “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21)