ABIDING BETTER THAN OBEYING
“Friendship is rare on earth. It means identify in thought and heart and spirit. The whole discipline of life is to enable us to enter into this closest relationship with Jesus Christ. We receive His blessings and know His word, but do we know Him” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, Jan 7th)?
“In order to maintain this friendship…we have to be more careful of our…relationship to Him than of any other thing, even of obedience. Sometimes there is nothing to obey, the only thing to do is to maintain a vital connection with Jesus Christ, to see that nothing interferes with that….the greater part of the life is not conscious obedience but the maintenance of this relationship…” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, March 25th).
“Conformity to live with God, is a far higher and more divine life than to live simply in submission to God” E. M. Bounds (ref#54, p51-52).
“From eternity Christ and I were ordained for each other; inseparably we belong to each other; it is God’s will; I shall abide in Christ. It is of God I am in Christ Jesus” Andrew Murray (ref#266, p47-48).
“Most essential to the abiding in Christ is the daily renewal of our faith’s assurance, ‘I am in Christ Jesus’” Andrew Murray (ref#266, p43).
FATHER, move my thinking toward abiding instead of obeying. When I think of obeying I default to my natural abilities to carry out Your request. But if I can keep my eyes on JESUS… I will gladly obey because of my love for Him. Obeying is a natural outcome of a loving relationship.
Abiding in CHRIST means to watch and wait—observe and be with Him, and then yield myself to the SPIRIT who will work mightily in me (ref#266, p119).