On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” Joshua 6:4-5
The English language is filled with weird words. My friend intensely dislikes the word “moist.” Images of soggy things fill her head, I guess. On the other hand, there are words everybody likes, such as “snack.” Mmmm. Who doesn’t like a good snack?
In the spiritual realm, there are words every single one of us struggle with. It is only submission to God’s authority that makes them possible to pursue. Words like “forgiveness,” “holiness,” and “obedience.” That last one is hard, right?
For years, He’s been teaching me through His Word to obey, and as that word has shifted from my head to my heart, my actions, thoughts and attitudes have been slowly following suit.
But what if… what if we not only obeyed, what if we loved to obey God? You see, friend, to obey is a condition of the will. To love to obey, a condition of the heart.
This is why it will take eternity for us to fully know and understand Him. Just about the time we get the actions right, He calls us deeper. He challenges our desires, our hearts (kardia, Greek), and our guts (splagchna) on a matter.
"You Are What You Love" author, James K.A. Smith, writes, “It’s not only our minds that God redeems, but the whole person: head, heart, hands. Christ takes captive our minds but also our kardia, even what Paul calls our splagchna, our ‘inner parts’ that are the seat of our ‘affections.’”
Such is the nature of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. Here’s the thing. When I love to do what God calls me to do, the victory is complete. The journey less arduous. The reward, in a word: peace.
Where is God calling you into deeper relationship with Him?
What victory could result in your life from a deeper understanding of Him?
What do you do most: obey God, or love to obey God?
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