John 15:5
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
In this day and age when self reliance, freedom and personal independence are overemphasised, you and I must relearn the wisdom of intentionally DEPENDING on Christ. Such dependence does not come naturally, I assure you.
For we are all accustomed to reigning on the thrones of our hearts. We are socialised to trust our own instincts, views and desires. We think it’s normal to lean on our own understanding, regardless of the consequences. Society has elevated everyone’s opinion to a level of dignity regardless of its actual worth. The twin scourges of humanism and atheism have left most of us with no sense of submission whatsoever. And this translates into our spirituality-sadly!
Dear friends, we must repent from a false sense of autonomy. We must learn afresh how to trust in the Lord with all our hearts in everything. Among other things, this means consulting Jesus for every critical decision we make. We must not depend on so-called common sense. Nor should we depend on conventional wisdom. A lot of what we think is common sense is simply wrong in the sight of God. Much of our so-called conventional wisdom is unreliable.
If we are truly depending on Jesus Christ, we must not be in the habit of making commitments without consulting or enquiring of the Lord Jesus. Jesus cares about every detail of your life, including the number of hairs on your head! For instance, if you’re single, don’t marry someone whom Jesus does not approve. If you’re in business, don’t partner with people Jesus hasn’t endorsed. Don’t run for offices Jesus hasn’t approved of. Don’t run your life on personal opinion, public polls or traditional thinking. Always ask, “What do you say about this, Lord Jesus?” You’ll live to enjoy abundant fruitfulness.
Pastor Josh