Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Ignoring God

“When God speaks, neutrality is not an option. A response is unavoidable, and the condition of peoples’ hearts is revealed in that response.” ~ Henry and Richard Blackaby; Hearing God’s Voice

Many times I have heard God’s voice and in response I did nothing. Overtly I may not have committed an evil act, but my actions were still wicked. Not only that I missed out on what God wanted to do through my life. Have you ever ignored God’s call?

I think it happens almost every day. We see a person sitting all alone and we get this thought that we should go and strike of a conversation with them, but instead we stay were we are. We find the new TV that we wanted on sale, but it is still a tad out of our price range. We decide to make the purchase even though God has revealed to us that our money should go to the missionaries who visited our church last week. It is painful to think about how much we have missed out because we have ignored God.

Do I need to mention that this is deadly to our relationship with God? Ignoring God’s will causes us to miss experiencing God’s power at work in our lives. I believe the number one reason so many people feel stagnate in their relationship with God is because they haven’t experienced Him in their lives. They maybe faithful in their Bible Study, prayer, and church attendance, but they haven’t stepped out and really done what God has asked them to do.

When we ignore God’s will we declare that we are the ultimate rulers of our lives. It is a passive act of rebellion. This isn’t just about living moral lives. Many try their best to live a moral life based on the commands found in the Bible. The reason they do this is because they mentally agree with God. They understand God’s way is the best way. Let’s face it the best way to live is to remain faithful to your spouse. The best way to live is not to murder anyone. The best way to live is to be honest. In some aspects following Jesus makes life easier because we can avoid a lot of unnecessary baggage that we otherwise would pick up. Lives that are lived in obedience when we agree with God doesn’t mean we have made Him Lord of our lives. The true test of God’s lordship is when we obey even when we don’t agree with what God has asked us to do.

“Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions. These are not from the Father. They are from this evil world. And this world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever…So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will continue to live in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us.” ~ 1 John 2:15-17; 24-25 (NLT).

It is our obedience to God’s commands that demonstrate our loyalty and love for God. Obedience isn’t just about sin management, but it is also about serving others in love. True obedience is found in following God even though we don’t understand where He is leading.

If we have truly surrendered to God then the word no is no longer in our vocabulary when it comes to what He wants us to do. Jesus cannot be Lord of our lives and we respond with a “no” when He reveals His will to us. "No" and "Lord" cannot be used the same sentence if you are a Christian. Our one responsibility once we know God’s will is to obey. It can be no other way.

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