If living an obedience-based life were easy, everyone would be doing it. ...Consider this, Adam & Eve had everything they needed from God, and they couldn't do it. ...I know it sounds bleak, but when I consider the things people do in an effort to stay in synch with pop culture, it sometimes makes me cringe.
You might remember the young man, a protester in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, who refused to move from the path of an oncoming army tank. The Chinese army had been called in to eradicate student protesters from their peaceful protest in the middle of the square. In an effort to make a stand for justice, this young man would not allow the tank to move forward. He became a hero and a worldwide figure for justice. He took a stand and would not move although all the other protesters ran for cover. If the tank moved to the right—he moved to the right. If it moved to the left—he moved to the left. He was prepared for the outcome no matter what the cost. Eventually the army general ordered the tank to mow him down. I still remember the incident, and can still see the moving image in my mind. This is the cost of faith. —This is the cost of an obedience-based life.
Eventually, you will be asked to surrender your will to anchor the Will of God in your heart. Sometimes the request will not be popular; and sometimes, you will have to stand alone. You will either run for cover and bow, or face the tank / cross as Jesus did. —Eventually someone will have to take a stand for the integrity of God, will that person be you? L.
Study Reference: John 14:9-21
Excerpt from: "Standing Alone." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions For Everyday Living.
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