"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you" (John 15:16).
If the last two weeks' themes could be titled "The Death", then today's theme is "The Resurrection". The gift of God, what Jesus came to give us, is Eternal Life (Rom 6:23). We are called to LIVE, not simply to die. But before we can live right - live for Christ - we must first submit to death, and die to self.
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit" (John 12:24).
We are not waiting on God for waiting sake, but so that we may be empowered, made wise and receive instruction at His feet, and obey and live out the Truth and His commands. If He has commanded and empowered you to go and you stay waiting, or you continue to doubt that He has spoken or revealed anything to you, you can imagine how disappointing and frustrating that can be. Remember Jesus' parable about the talents a Master gave to his servants (Matt 25:14-30)? To you, it would be counted as faithlessness, and ultimately, disobedience.
When the revelation and empowerment come, it's time to ACT. This is where our FAITH is proven
When the revelation and empowerment come, it's time to ACT. This is where our FAITH is proven. For faith can be defined as the act of trusting and obeying God. Obedience without trust is not faith but fear, and trusting without obedience is not faith but folly. However, it starts with trust, because if we truly trust God (which means that we "believe that HE IS and He rewards all who diligently seek Him" (Heb 11:6)), then we would obey Him...whatever He asks of us.
We are called to live RESURRECTED lives...by the grace of God, even in this world. Our old life is gone, and all has become new (2 Cor 5:17). And we live this new life, not for ourselves, but for Christ (2 Cor 5:15), offering our bodies as a living sacrifice to Him (Rom 12:1), in appreciation of the joy and glory of knowing Him (that is eternal life - John 17:3).
So, we must put on Christ and begin to walk in His Light (Rom 13:14). By His grace. Not relying on ourselves, but continually denying ourselves and trusting in His providence - His revelation and empowerment through the Holy Spirit. He is the One who calls us, saves us and keeps us...as long as we continually abide in Him. So my dear, walk and abide in the grace of God.
Next week, as we close out the series, we will look at the importance of clothing ourselves with the whole Armour of God as a shield against deception and condemnation. The War is not over...