Thursday, 21 February 2019
Jesus makes a deliberate effort to devote regular time to God, fasting, praying and listening. Mark says, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed” (Mark 1:35). For Jesus, time with God takes priority over everything.
I asked myself: Jesus came to carry out what His Father wants Him to do and He did to perfect completion. Are we not here for a purpose too? Surely, our Father God has a plan for us. Surely, God has prepared the ground for us to carry out our assignments successfully. Surely, we will have the mind of Christ if we earnestly pray and ask God for it. Surely, we will be able to listen, think and act like Christ. How wonderful!
Apostle Paul did the same thing – fasting, praying in the spirit (more than anyone in Corinth), and going wherever the Spirit leads. Paul said, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
John said, “Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God” (3 John 1:11). Little children imitate their parents, caregivers and older siblings. We know that it is very important that little children observe and learn the right values, language and behavior, especially during their formative years. We also know that it is not too late for adults to unlearn and re-learn values, language and behavior but it takes deliberate effort to obey the Word of God. Let’s ask God for a humble and teachable spirit.
Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). If we want to follow Jesus, we must deny ourselves i.e. put away all our earthly ambitions.
Paul emphasized that we ought to WORK OUT our own salvation with fear and trembling i.e. with reverence to God’s sovereignty, knowing that: God is love. But God is also pure and holy. Paul also said, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7).
Dear Father God,
You know all Your children – INSIDE OUT. You know all our strengths and weaknesses. We know that our minds are being renewed day by day, and our inner beings are being transformed from strength to strength. We know that it is according to Your perfect plan that we imitate Christ in everything we do.
Yes! Father God, have Your way with us. Amen!
Romans 12:2 (NLT)
DON’T COPY the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Amen!
Lam Yee Ling