3. Be Fully Obedient, Not Partially Obedient
Not only do we live in a culture full of distractions, but we also live in a rushed world where we want everything now, living with a mentality that is always on the go.
We tend to hear the Holy Spirit telling us to do something, yet just like men and women in the Bible, we trust God momentarily, and then over time, we make the decision to take it into our own hands. It is in this moment we begin to live a life we are trying to obtain and create for ourselves versus the life of blessing and the life that God created for us.
In order to know you are living the life God created for us, we need to check our obedience. Look back over the last small and large decisions you have recently made, and ask yourself if you sought the Lord’s direction on the decision or you did what you thought was best? Did the Lord tell you to do something, and you ‘sort of’ did it, or ‘partially’ did it? Are you currently living in disobedience making excuses as to why you are?
Let me tell you this simple truth: partial obedience is not obedience.
Most of us don’t like the word obedience, but in order to live the life God created for us, we must obey Him in every area of life with full obedience. God is sovereign. “For in Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities, all things have been created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:16). He knows the beginning from the end as He is the author of this book called life. He knows what is best for us. He knows what we have been through and what we will one day walkthrough. When He asks us to do something, and even if it might make no sense at all, He is asking us for a purpose and His purpose is for our good. The purpose could be to keep us from harm or prepare us for what’s next.
To live the life God created us for, we must obey Him wholeheartedly. He can’t fully allow us to walk in His plan if we won’t fully surrender it all to Him. We must step out of His way and allow Him to show us His way. Don’t settle for less than God’s best for your life no matter how much you think your decision is best. While yes, we may feel like we know what is best, we are nothing compared to God’s sovereignty and eternal wisdom. For “the foolishness of God is still wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than man.” (1 Corinthians 1:25)
When in Doubt, What Would Jesus Do?
We are inundated with thousands upon thousands of choices in our lifetimes with decisions to be made daily. This article provides some suggestions on how you can know if you are living the life God created for you. But sometimes, it might not be enough when life throws you random twists and turns, and you’re still not sure if the way you are living is the life God created you for.
One thing you can always ask yourself in the end is the question, “what would Jesus do?” To know Jesus is to know His character and by knowing His character, you can answer this question in every circumstance and in every decision. And if you don’t know Him, I encourage you to know Scripture as you ask the Holy Spirit to reveal who Jesus is. He is faithful to show you. Jesus is our greatest example, and if it’s something He would do, you can trust that you are living the life the way God created for you.
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