Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’m back with my first post of 2011, hopefully they will be more regular than of late. I’m not promising HOW regular, but they will be publicised on Facebook and Twitter.
Relying on God is a very important subject, and something God has been challenging me about over these last few weeks, well, since the beginning of 2011, really. I have heard a number of sermons on this theme, it has been referred to a number of times already in IBI this term.
Just to give a few examples – there have been many more!
Right at the beginning of January, while in Wales we heard from John 18:11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” The challenge hear being to rely on God and the cup that he sends rather than the sword of self – reliance
Last Sunday we were in Kerry, and heard from 1 Corinthians 6:19 – 20 You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. Jesus has bought us with the price of his own blood. Therefore, we do not belong to ourselves to act as we please, but are his to do what he says.
Just today, in our class on Biblical Ethics, we were considering how people do not accept the standards of the Bible, and we have to find a way in when speaking to people. We need to remember that it is God who does the work in people’s lives, and after we have found that point of contact and been able to speak to them we rely on him to do the work, not what we have been able to say.
In many ways, this is what being a Christian boils down to – the recognition that it is not possible to do anything in your own strength to make yourself acceptable to God – Jesus has done it all! In serving him, too, we need to rely completely on him and not try to do things in our own strength. I now need to put that into practice in my own life.