Friday, November 17
Obedience is based on love. Jesus said to his disciples in John 14:24 “He who does not love me will not obey my teaching.” So if you’re having trouble living a godly life or you’re not doing the job that God has given you to do, check your love meter. If you’re not redeemed, you need to accept the free gift of grace by giving your life over to Christ. If you’re a believer, and you have unconfessed sin in your life, it needs to be dealt with (1 John 1:9). Or maybe you have lost your first love, as the Ephesian church did (Rev. 2:1-7). Jesus’ admonition was to repent. It might help to meditate on Christ’s suffering as recorded in the gospels and other passages such as Phil. 2. That will remind you of his love and the debt you owe him. When I meditate on what Jesus did to redeem me, it’s impossible not to love him. Even when we fail, he is gentle and loving—as he was with the Ephesian church in Rev. 2. His arms are open to receive us back, to forgive, to encourage, to strengthen. I think there is no one more miserable than a backslidden Christian. If you’re there, don’t stay there.