Last Sunday I made a comment that has continued to percolate in my soul. I said, “God blesses those who have committed their lives to Him; He does not bless and then hope for commitment.”
One of the most pressing sources of struggle for most believers is that they do not see God working in their lives. They feel alone, abandoned, lost in their journey. They know that they are saved, they know that Christ has redeemed them, but they feel like they are merely waiting for heaven without enjoying the blessings of God today. Could it be that the reason that so many people feel this way is because we have lost sight of the truth of the statement that “God blesses those who have committed their lives to Him; He does not bless and then hope for commitment?”
Let me give you some scriptures:
Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
1 Corinthians 15:10 (NIV)
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
Do you see what is happening in each of these texts? In each case Paul is talking about the work of God in his life; but he is acutely aware of the fact that he is experiencing God working in his life because he is committed to following hard after God.
You see I think that God is always working in our lives, but it is those who have committed themselves to following hard after Him who are aware that He is working in their lives – and that is the source of real joy and blessing!
Oh to be connected to our creator, to the lover of our souls. Oh to know what it is to walk intimately with Him and to lay our head on His chest and hear Him speak words of love over us!
He is always ready for such an encounter, in fact we are always in His lap - Acts 17:27-28a 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being…’
But to experience His presence we must begin the work that He is empowering us to do. We must commit ourselves to Him. Begin to walk in obedience to God, commit your life to Him – and discover the blessings of intimacy with the Almighty that are right at hand – He is already doing the work in you!
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