Right now, as I sit here writing I am meditating on the question of how can I become excellent on my level right now? As I search deep within myself, I find there is an inner calling that is rooted so far into my being that I cannot access it within the power of my own will, it is God’s power and his power alone that has the ability to draw out what only He has placed deep down inside of each of us. And He will fulfill the purpose that He created each of us for.
In understanding that, we should all come to realize that if we do not possess the power to provide ourselves with the answer to this question. We must continuously seek the one who can. That longing for excellence has always kept me dependent on the absolute fact that Jesus Christ is the key to our success in life. He has been the number one staple in our existence from day one. Christ is our problem solver, provider, way maker, protector and savior. He is the life-giving power of redemption! There has never been, is not and will never be anyone who could possibly resemble the illustrious, astounding, inexplicable love of our Father God, Savior Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit! I am forever in awe of The Lord and His goodness! My mind cannot comprehend God but the reverence that I have for Him will never fade. Despite God’s perfect love, and His perfect will for our lives, we fail. We fail each day, sometimes with tears in our eyes and sadness in our soul, we fail. Romans 3:23 says “For all sin and fall short of the glory of God.” But glory be to God for His grace is sufficient! 2 Corinthians 12:9 tells us “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” It was Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross that gave us the love and the grace that we could never have earned ourselves. Thanks be to God our father for His mercy and unspeakable kindness!
I look at God and His glorious Holy son Jesus who is our savior and our redeemer, and I wonder why is it so difficult for us to love God the way He loves us? With all that God does for us every day of our lives, how could we as believers see His goodness and still choose to walk the path of self-righteousness? Which is honestly a sin that we as believers can commit often but acknowledge so little. It reminds me of the scripture that Jesus describes in Luke 8, The Parable of the Sower. Jesus says that “Others are like the seed that fell on rock. That is like the people who hear God’s teaching and gladly accept it. But they do not have deep roots. They believe for a while. But when trouble comes, they turn away from God. “What about the seed that fell among the thorny weeds?” Jesus replies. “That is like the people who hear God’s teaching, but they let the worries, riches, and pleasures of this life stop them from growing. So, they never produce a crop.” Luke 8:13-14
Some of us have been rocky soil for so long that we do not know how to allow ourselves to be cultivated for growth! A seed can be planted into any type of soil but for the plant to grow, the soil must be cultivated or prepared for gestation. Once the seed has been planted in good soil the developmental process can begin and the plant will yield good fruit in due time. Jesus says in Luke 8:15 “But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.”
We should all desperately want to become good soil! We should desire to be men and woman after God’s heart like David was! We should forever be in pursuit of Jesus’s character so that any seed that is planted can be used for the glory of God and to expand His kingdom. So many others have done it before us, and we know that we too were created for His purpose as well. There are times in our lives when that concept can seem so far away. It can be painful to think about what life could have been if we were always obedient to The Lord. Especially when our disobedience led to a painful lesson.
Obedience is the number one key to having a right walk with God. Learning to obey when everything is going well, when everything is going wrong, no matter what we want, feel, or think we need. We should have wholeheartedly, unchanging, immovable obedience to God’s every word! God’s word says in Luke 8:15 “But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” God’s seed is His word, we become good soil by storing God’s seed in our hearts, retaining it and through perseverance and patience. In doing so, we will eventually produce a good crop that will glorify the Father, that He can use to expand His kingdom and build the body of Christ. So, the question remains, how do we develop deep-seated obedience to The Lord?
Obedience comes from having faith. Romans 1:5 tells us that “Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake.”
When we walk by faith, we receive the Holy Spirit. The word says in Galatians 3:2-5 “Tell me this one thing: How did you receive the Spirit? Did you receive the Spirit by following the law? No, you received the Spirit because you heard the message about Jesus and believed it.”
We do not receive the Holy Spirit by our works, we receive the Spirit of God by believing in His word. Faith itself comes from hearing the word of God. Romans 10:17 says “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
We know that God’s word is His seed. When we hear the word and plant it in our hearts, we gain faith. By walking in that faith, we receive the Holy Spirit. It is through the Holy Spirit that we gain the power, self-control, and strength that we need to obey the word of God and keep his commands. Ezekiel 36:26-27 tells us “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” We can clearly see that it is God and His Spirit that helps us to walk in faith and obey His commands.
We know that there is no need to feel shameful or guilty when falling short of God’s glory. We can trust in the fact that when we read and store God’s word in our hearts, receive and rely on the Holy Spirit, that He will fully equip us so that we can fully walk in alignment with the will of The Lord for our lives. In doing so, we will gain faith, trust, obedience, love, perseverance, and a fruitful harvest.