Daily Devotional for February 21st
"...Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,..."
— I Samuel 15:22
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."
— Matthew 7:21
Nothing simplifies life like obedience. We sometimes think we are beset by problems, that life is a very difficult and complicated affair. It is not really so. All life is simply doing or bearing the will of God. There is never more than one duty for one moment.
— H. A. Bridgman
Through death alone, the giving up of the life He had, could obedience lead Him into the glory of God. The believer shares with Christ in this death to sin��Owing to ignorance and unbelief, he may know little experimentally of this entire death to sin. When the Holy Spirit reveals to him what he possesses in Christ, and he appropriates it in faith, the Spirit works in him the very same disposition which animated Christ in His death.
With Christ it was an entire ceasing from His own life, a helpless committal of His spirit into the Father's hands��Out of the perfect self-oblivion of the grave He entered the glory of the Father. It is into the fellowship of this that a believer is brought. He finds that in the most unreserved obedience for which God's Spirit fits him, there is still a secret element of self and self-will. He longs to be delivered from it. He is taught in God's Word that this can be only by death. The Spirit helps him to claim more fully that He is indeed dead to sin in Christ, and that the power of that death can work mightily in him. He is made willing to be obedient unto death, this entire death to self, which makes him truly nothing. In this, he finds a full entrance into the life of Christ.
To see the need of this entire death to self, to be made willing for it, to be led into the entire self-emptying and humility of our Lord Jesus, this is the highest lesson that our obedience has to learn. This is, indeed, the Christ-like obedience unto death.
— Andrew Murray, in "School of Obedience" (By permission of Fleming H. Revel)
Not a burden we bear,
But we never can prove
Trust and obey, for there's no other way,
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Daily Scripture Reading
from the Authorized King James Version