Wednesday, January 21, 2009

"The Promise of Abiding"

"I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10b

There are times in our lives when seeking God with our whole heart seems the furthest thing from our minds. We always seem so bent on seeking Him with only our leftover time. Why is it we are so driven by the world to get things moment? Do it now! Go here! Go there! Keep busy! God asks us only to stop, humble ourselves before him and seek him with our whole heart. This takes time. It takes solitude, commitment and a humble spirit.

In 2 Chronicles Solomon asked God only for wisdom and knowledge. God blessed him not only with wisdom and knowledge but because he humbled himself God blessed him with great riches and glory. He is known as the wisest king that ever reigned. Solomon's heart was set on doing the right things in the eyes of God. He was not concerned about what was in it for himself but that he would reflect the righteousness and wisdom of God.

But we are so proud. We want to do everything ourselves and take credit for "a job well done!" We want to be independent. However, an abundant life, the life we're really longing for, the life that is promised by Jesus only comes when we are dependent on Him. It comes only when we ABIDE with Christ. It comes only when we are dependent on God as the source of our strength, our very breath, our needs. It is only by humbling ourselves and seeking after God's delight, favor, His ways, and His voice that we truly begin to live in complete freedom and abundance.

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