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What would Jesus do?

It is often said that God is with us, which is true.  And yet he is more than with us, he is in us.  Paul wrote, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (see Galatians 2, verse 20).  He is saying that as a believer, if we choose, we may invite Christ to live in us in our place.  In 2 Corinthians 6, verse 16 it says “For we are the temple of the living God”.  We may struggle with this concept but to the reader at the time they would know exactly what this means.  The temple was where God was located.  This verse is telling us something that would have amazed those at the time.  Rather than  God dwelling in the Temple, he now dwells in us!  Tozer in his book, the Incredible Christian, asks the question what would it look like for Jesus to walk on earth?  Or even more specifically to walk in our daily lives.  What would Christ do if he were in our exact situation.  The amazing thing is that we can very easily find out by allowing him to do just that.

 

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Fully obeying God

We have a tendency to ‘half do’ things for God.  Perhaps we are unsure if He has really asked us.  If that is the case we should go back and ask the Lord for clear direction.  Once we know the will of God we should not hesitate to fully commit to His work. A woman came to the prophet Elisha and begged for help as she had no money and a creditor was on his way to take her two children for slaves as payment.  His reply to her was to “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbours, empty vessels and not too few”  2 Kings 4, 3.  He then filled them with oil, miraculously, which she was able to sell and repay all her debts.  There are a few interesting things in this small story.  The woman did not have enough pots of her own.  She had to go out and ask neighbours who would be wondering why.  There was no hiding that she was doing something.  This required boldness.  God often asks us to work quietly and humbly.  But that does not mean that no one at all will see that we are doing something.  In fact very often the world will see that we are living differently, even if they do not know the details.  I often feel self-conscious when God asks me to do something.  Perhaps I’ll just request a few ‘vessels’, then it will be more low key I think to myself.  But think of the blessings this woman would have missed out on if she did not obey fully.  She went out and asked for every pot she could find, and God filled every one of them.  Partial obedience is disobedience.  When God asks us to do something, let us go all out to fully do what He has asked for.

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