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Obedience is not an option

Updated: Mar 23, 2019

by Dave Miller

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Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15). It is time for me and you to take the blame for failing to advance God’s kingdom among people from every tribe, tongue, and nation until there is #NoPlaceLeft. I have laid bare my journey with the biggest failures, worst regrets and most pious disobedience. It is not God’s fault. It is my fault. I must own my failure, repent of my sin, trust in the glorious finished work of Christ, then stand up and follow Jesus.

I have the responsibility as an image-bearing ambassador to obey Jesus. I have the responsibility to partner with the Holy Spirit as he conforms me to the image of Christ. I have the responsibility to let go of my past, present, and future and join Jesus as he seeks and saves the lost. I have a responsibility to give my utmost effort to the cause of Jesus Christ.

In the words of Dallas Willard:

The evangelical tradition is filled with effort—for example, the great missionaries (Judson and Carey and others) who went out. Some said to them, “Don’t you believe God is going to save who He is going to save?” And they would reply, in effect, “Yes, that’s exactly why I am going. I want to be there when it happens. [1]

You can always find someone or something else to blame. But know this: the Spirit of Jesus is orchestrating an all out sprint to the finish among His people all around this world. Take responsibility and join them. Be the generation that declares there is #NoPlaceLeft.

Monday is coming. Now what? . . .


[1]Willard, Dallas (2009-10-13). The Great Omission (Kindle Locations 2453-2455). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.


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