How we love HIM directly affects how we obey HIM.
If our love for HIM is small, chances are our willingness to obey will match it.
On the other hand, if our love for HIM is great, our desire to obey HIM will be also.
Why is that, I wonder? If we’re called to love HIM with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength and with all our mind (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37; Luke 10:27), why don’t we?
Why is it this statement seems to apply more than not: I will love myself with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength and with all my mind.
What causes us to substitute ME for HE? Wasn’t he OUR substitution (For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness] ~ 2 Corinthians 5:21, AMP)?
Didn’t HE complete work we couldn’t (I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. ~ John 17:4, NIV, emphasis mine)?
I’m thinking about the word “irregular” now. When shopping at an outlet, occasionally you’ll find an article of clothing with the word “irregular” stamped on the tag. When read, we know and accept there is an irregularity somewhere. It may be so slight it isn’t initially noticed. It will, however, eventually come to light.
Although common, replacing HE with ME is an irregularity. Life was created to be lost in HIM, not led by me, by us. We may think we’re walking regular, but disobedient acts tell us differently. If we indeed love HIM to the fullest, wouldn’t we obey HIM to the fullest? Regular.
Instead, we choose the irregular way of living, not recognizing the issues at first, but becoming well aware of them as time passes. Why? It simply doesn’t fit. When we’re HIS, reborn in HIM and by HIM, living irregularly may seem to fit the bill, but its irregularity will soon become clear.
In that moment, we have a choice. Do we embrace what’s irregular, packaging it and taking it home or do we see if for what it is, return it to the pile and pursue what’s regular?
Love is regular.
Obedience is regular.
When we love HIM more than ourselves, obedience isn’t an issue. Regular.
When we take HIS place, both love and obedience become issues. Irregular.
It’s our choice, my choice to live regularly.
Irregular living should no longer an option ~ period!
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