Thursday, February 02, 2012

How to come awake as a disciple of Jesus...


How George Macdonald responds to someone who might say: “But I do not know how to awake and arise!”

“I will tell you. Get up, and do something the Master tells you; so make yourself his disciple at once. Instead of asking yourself whether you believe or not, ask yourself whether you have this day done one thing because he said, Do it, or once abstained because he said, Do not do it. It is simply absurd to say you believe, or even want to believe in him, if you do not anything he tells you. If you can think of nothing he ever said as having had an atom of influence on your doing or not doing, you have too good ground to consider yourself no disciple of his.

But you can begin at once to be a disciple of the Living One – by obeying him in the first thing you can think of in which you are not obeying him. We must learn to obey him in everything, and so must begin somewhere. Let it be at once, and in the very next thing that lies at the door of our conscience! Of fools and slow of heart, if you think of nothing but Christ, and do not set yourselves to do his words! You but build your houses on the sand.” (From Creation in Christ by George MacDonald)

Passages to meditate on that relate to belief and obedience to the Gospel:

NIV Romans 1:5 Through him and for his name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.
ESV Acts 6:7 And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.
ESV 1 Peter 4:17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
NIV 2 Thessalonians 1:8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

See also Charles Spurgeon's sermon, "The Obedience of Faith": http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/2195.htm

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