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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Obedience (01/31/05)

TITLE: Trust and Obey (ii)
By Jack Gandy
02/01/05


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“His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it” (John 2:5, KJV)

One of the first lessons a young pastor has to learn is that of patience. Especially is this true when it comes to his first pastorate. There are so many things he wants to do, so many ideas he has running through his head that he wants to flesh out into reality in the life of his church. Yet, if he is not careful, he will push his ideas on his people before they are ready, and meet with disastrous consequences. It is far wiser for him to first of all let things continue as they are as much as possible, and begin the foundational work of establishing deep relationships with the members of his congregation. Then, when he has earned their trust, he can present his plans, and find his flock ready to follow his leadership.

And what is true with the relationship between a pastor and a congregation is also true in our relationship with the Lord. There are times when the Lord, as our Great Shepherd, tells us to do something. Yet what He tells us to do seems impossible.

Have you noticed that, when God tells you to do something, often what He tells you to do is in direct conflict with what common sense tells you ought to be done? We hear the Holy Spirit speaking to our heart about something that needs to be done, and what He wants us to do about it. And deep within us there bubbles forth the confession, “There is no way in the world that this is going to work!”

What we fail to take into consideration, is the One Who is telling us to do it. By ourselves, it is impossible, but we are not in this by ourselves; what we must never forget is that God is there to help us, and that He is able to infuse our impossibility with His sufficiency, and accomplish things through our obedience that could never have been done on our own.

The basic question we have to ask ourselves is, “How much do I trust God?” As Mary looked at her Son, she saw in Him someone who had always been there in the past to take care of any problem that arose. As the oldest son, Jesus was the one she looked to for help. And He had never let her down. And that trust she had in him convinced her that He would not let her down now, either.

Mary’s trust in Jesus was based on her knowledge of Him. And so is it the case with us. Ultimately the measure of our obedience to God is in direct proportion to the measure of trust we have in Him. And this trust can only be developed in one way, by our developing a relationship with Him, and striving to know as much about Him as possible.

Paul put it this way: “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his suffering, being made conformable unto his death” (Philippians 3:10 KJV). Paul had established as the priority of his life the pursuit of the knowledge of Christ. Because of that knowledge, he could dare to do great things, because he knew that “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it” (I Thessalonians 5:24, KJV). In other words, Paul said, “I can trust God to finish what He has started in my life.”

And so can you and me. The more we come to know Him, we more we can trust Him. And the more we trust Him, the easier it is to obey Him. Mary learned that she could count on Jesus. Have we?


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Crista Darr02/10/05
You wrote, "Mary's trust in Jesus was based on her knowledge of Him." These words are food for my soul. "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver" (Proverbs 25:11)
Thank you.
Sally Hanan02/11/05
I can tell that you have walked closely with the Lord for a long time, and possibly served in leadersip? This was good gentle writing, getting its point across without making me miserable in the process:)
A B02/12/05
This really spoke to my heart today. Thank you. Deborah