THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2016
Key Bible Verse: Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lived in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us. (1 John 3:24)
Dig Deeper: Galatians 5:16-23
When I speak of obedience, I don’t mean church attendance or tithing 10 percent or other religious things. Something much more profound is at stake. The issue to settle is this: Will I obey God, period? This is a deeply profound choice: Will I allow God to work his will in me so that I might recover what has been lost through my sins and the sins done against me?
The transformation that we cannot bring about in ourselves takes place in and through Jesus – through his extraordinary obedience in dying on the cross. I’m not speaking of ordinary transformation, like transforming a house through the renovation of one room. I am speaking of an extraordinary transformation: the entire house being torn down and rebuilt. This extraordinary transformation impacts our reason for living and being. It gets to the heart of who we are. Jesus desires to set us free from our hiding places and false comforts, to be who he created us to be through obedience to him.
Jesus longs to reshape us at the core of our being, to reach deep inside us and break away the veneer of plastic reality we have built. He comes to live his life in us. This is good news!
– Floyd McClung in Follow
My Response: What is the difference between supernatural transformation and personal change brought about by human effort?
Thought to Apply: A Christian should always remember that the value of his good works is not based on their number and excellence, but on the love of God which prompts him to do these things. – Saint John of the Cross (Spanish Catholic mystic)
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