Reasons why we don’t live in the fullness of God’s provision (cont.)
The constant struggle in Christianity is the desire (and practice) of attempting to blend the things of God with other things that are important to us. This can only lead us to being a double-minded person, a state described by James as…
We cannot experience the fullness of the provision of the new life, that God is offering freely to us, if we are trying to blend that life with other pursuits, practices, or beliefs.
The proper solution is to return to our first love (see Revelation 2:4) – to fully recognize the error of our ways, and restore our passion for a sincere and singular devotion to Jesus – and to His revealed truth. Jesus gave us one more amazing picture of a person who returns to a singular commitment and devotion to the Father – it is the prodigal son, and how he is lovingly received and restored back into the Father’s waiting arms (Luke 15:11-24).
We must all realize that, at the heart of God’s desire for His people, is an astonishing premise. Our lives are meant to be a living testimony of the Person, and provision, of Our God. We are meant to be seen by the people of this world and, like a “city set on a hill,” we are meant to draw them to the joy, security, and provision of the Most High King.
We cannot do this properly, if we are constantly weighed down with sin, failures, addictions, and inconsistencies. We are divinely-called to represent the Most High – to be imitators of God. If this is true, then it only follows that the One Who calls us to this noble purpose would provide everything necessary for us to accomplish His purpose.
Christian disciples are called to walk and live just as Jesus walked and lived. To do this, we simply must have the ability to do so. This is exactly the wonderful message that God gives to us in the New Covenant. He has, indeed, given us everything we need for life and godliness – made possible because of His efforts, on our behalf, through Jesus.
Our part is to understand, embrace, and apply God’s provision in our lives. We must truly live as He intends His people to live – as the individual representatives of “God with us” in every generation, and in every place…