Monday, April 23, 2007

Abide in Me - It's not a one-time transaction

Being a follower of Christ is not a one-time decision. It is not about the one time that you raised your hand and said yes to God. Rather, being a follower of Christ is about daily raising your hands to Christ in complete surrender. It is about daily serving him. It is about daily abiding in him and making him Lord of your life.

"Jesus’ demands are for a lifetime. He does not demand a single decision to repent or come or believe or love or listen. All these continue. The transformation of repentance continues. Coming to Jesus again and again continues. Believing in him hour by hour continues. Listening to his word as the daily source of spiritual life continues. Jesus demands the engagement of our minds and hearts every day of our lives.

A transaction with Jesus in the past that has no ongoing expression in our lives was a false transaction. When Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples” (John 8:31), he meant that if we don’t abide, we are not truly his disciples. And the opposite of true disciples is false disciples. That’s what we are if we count on past experiences without ongoing devotion to Jesus." Excerpt from "What Jesus Demands of the World" by John Piper

I urge us all to daily raise our hands and submit to Christ as his disciples; his followers. Abide and remain in him.

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