Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Loops - Take II (reposted from 6/2/09)

Jesus says, "Follow me."
And often we answer, "Lord, I will follow You, but..." (Luke 9:61)
Following Jesus requires submitting our will to God's will. If, when Jesus calls, we choose to follow our common sense instead, then we find ourselves in, what I call, a loop.

Oswald Chambers
teaches it this way...
If you get into the habit of doing something physically, you will do it every time you are tested until you break the habit through sheer determination. And the same is true spiritually. Again and again you will come right up to what Jesus wants, but every time you will turn back at the point of testing, until you are determined to abandon yourself to God in total surrender.

When we fail to follow God's will then He loops us back to face the same test again. These loops continue until we submit. During these loops our relationship with God stops growing. However, when we finally pass the test by surrendering ourselves we (again) move forward in our relationship with Christ.
Are you currently caught in a loop? The way forward is to submit to God's will even when it doesn't make sense.
Lon Alderman