Thursday, June 30, 2016

To Desire the Lord - Part 2 - Loving the Lord/Obeying Christ

Michael continues that Jesus said to the crowds that followed him, if you want to be my disciples, you will need to "eat my flesh and drink my blood" – John 6:53. They didn't understand that He was talking about the communion ceremony that would memorialize His death and resurrection to redeem them from their sin nature. They did not follow Jesus around because they wanted to be His disciplined followers. They just wanted to be entertained by witnessing a miracle. At that point the crowds scattered because they didn't understand the depth of the commitment required to follow Christ.

“L” stands for "loving Him more deeply."  If you profess to love Christ, but don't do his will, do you really love Him?  Do we desire to love Him the way He asks us to love Him? Jesus said that anyone who loves his father or mother more than me does not deserve me, he is not worthy of me ( Savior and Lord). The example of love is that Jesus Christ, even while we were yet sinners, laid down his life for us – Ephesians 2:5. To lie down means to appoint or to position ourselves to serve our Lord by serving one another.  Jesus Christ said, in this shall they know that you are my disciples in that you love one another – John 13:35 

“O” stands for "obeying Christ more completely." In our politically correct culture, the word "obey" is a dirty word. But if anyone obeys His word, truly his love is made complete. Chose you this day whom you will serve and obey, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord – Joshua 24:15Philippians 2:8 says, "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."  His obedience resulted in your salvation and mine. Therefore, trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.

Remember the acronym KFLO:  to know Him more intimately, to follow Him more closely, to love Him more deeply and to obey Him more completely. The prayer of a child of God is, "Oh for a closer walk with thee... But what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God" – Micah 6:8.

May God richly bless you!
Your brother in Christ, Michael

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