Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
“The world is nothing but a reversed Decalogue of the Ten Commandments backwards, a mask and picture of the Devil.” (Martin Luther, Table Talk)
Bringing our will into line with our Father’s enables us to celebrate freedom worlds apart from self-serving society. The Lord promises to reward us if we actually serve Him and not just contemplate it. He gives us his word that He will honor us if we actually follow him and not merely ponder the idea. Jesus went around doing good, but sometimes we just go around. We may feel like a big wheel when we go in circles, but God is more interested in our deeds of Christlike service than dust flying as we check off tasks on our to-do list.
Humbling ourselves in our Redeemer’s presence, we live worlds apart from self-preoccupied culture. Followers of Jesus Christ live in a world of love, distinguished from the hateful world surrounding us ruled by the dark prince. Practicing downward mobility in the shadow of the cross, our true personality is resurrected and God-given abilities planted in our heart and mind come to life.
Transformed by the Holy Spirit, we live worlds apart from worldlings whose behavior militates against the holy lifestyle of God’s higher world. God has a plan for all of creation. He designed orbits for all stars and drew the course of every river’s journey. He also has a blueprint in mind for us. As we prayerfully follow the possibilities God engineers in our life and conscientiously obey His will day by day, He cascades out-of-this-world joy through our inner being.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NLT)
Johnny R. Almond
Interim Pastor, Hull’s Memorial Baptist Church; Fredericksburg, Virginia
This devotion based on Day 75 of Gentle Whispers from Eternity