THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2016
Key Bible Verse: Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. (1 John 3:24, ESV)
Dig Deeper: 1 John 3:16-24
There is another element of a person’s relationship with Christ that is critical for abiding in Christ – namely, surrender. Christ demands that all who have a relationship with him surrender to his authority. Surrender to God in Christ takes the form of obedience to his commandments. The best barometer of a person’s relationship with Christ is not one’s stated feelings about Christ, or one’s word about Christ but whether one obeys Christ. As one obeys him in relationship, one will bear the fruit of greater affections for Christ and greater witness to Christ. In this way, obedience to Christ’s commands is not only the requirement of a growing relationship with him; it is the fruit of a growing relationship with him.
Part of the fruit referenced in John 15:5 is more power to obey Christ’s commands. A relationship with Christ will, but nature, insist on growth. A lack of impulse to grow in Christ in a person may indicate the lack of any genuine relationship with Christ at all. Christ is ever so patient with us. He is our Shepherd who gently and kindly leads us, even when we rebel against his authority and stubbornly refuse to listen to him. But a lifestyle of rebellion or of a stagnant relationship with Christ, is indicative of deeper problems.
– Joey Shaw in All Authority
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