DayBreaks for 5/09/17: The Believer’s Definitive Question
From the DayBreaks archive, May 2007:
So you struggle with being faithful. Join the crowd. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t struggle with obedience, and even with their faith itself, from time to time. It’s normal – and I think, at least to a certain extent – it is healthy to at least question faith once in a while to be certain that we don’t grow stale and complacent. We need not fear the testing of faith. There is greater danger in an untested faith when the time of trial comes.
There seems to be something about us humans that is a lot like a moth: we like to dance close to the flame. In our case, it is the flame of temptation. We seem to be drawn to certain things as individuals, and while it may vary from person to person, even as Christians we seem drawn to the flame. The flame represents that which is familiar to us, something we’ve grown accustomed to and we find it to be predictable. But, like the moth, we forget that the flame can burn us and kill us. It’s a very dangerous place to be.
Still, many people show a tendency to get close to the flame of old temptations once again. And not only do we have that tendency, we show an eagerness for it when we ask the question (when we clearly know the answer more often than not): “Would it be wrong for me to do this?”
In his book, Grace Walk, Steve McVey suggests that the definitive question for the believer shouldn’t be whether or not we can do something, but instead, Am I abiding in Christ at this moment? An unsaved person evaluates behavior on the basis of right and wrong, but the lifestyle of a Christian is to flow from the activity of Christ. McVey’s point is that we have Christ in us and we are in him – so why would we even want to dance close to the flame? Somehow, I can’t picture Christ walking around asking “Would it be wrong for me to do this?”, can you? I think rather, he’d be focused on abiding in the Father’s love and not thinking about doing wrong, but about doing good.
John 9:4 (NLT) – All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end.
PRAYER: Lord, we know that we are to abide in You, to let you live Your life through us. It’s hard to give up our own life, even to One as powerful as Your Spirit. Help us to have the mind of Jesus that is concerned about abiding in Your love and acting out of that love for the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.