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Series: The Divine Pursuit - A Study of Jonah
Week 4: Results - Day 5
“TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND ALL YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ALL BURNT OFFERINGS AND SACRIFICES.” —MARK 12:33
“Why I am so frustrated?” I mused to myself as I kicked spare leaves in the road. It was late autumn, and I needed a meeting with my heavenly Father. Bundling up my young son and baby daughter, I set out for a walk around the neighborhood. “Maybe fresh air will kick this attitude,” I thought, my intense pace displaying my tension.
I was ambivalent about the motherhood transition. In some ways it was wonderful. In others, I struggled. But as I walked and prayed, I realized that I just didn’t know what to seek each day of this mothering life. The Bible told me to seek God first. But what did the look like?
I wasn’t teaching teenagers about the Bible or counseling moms. Those things felt like—something. As I walked along, I realized that my heart was in this mothering job, but I just didn’t have a framework for understanding how to be obedient to God each day.
What I needed was a way of understanding my purpose in God’s eyes. With the achievement of a job or status of a title stripped away, I was left with only how I could please my Father God. I slowly turned over different verses in my mind, thinking about what they meant for me in this stage. Then God intervened:
Every day, I want you to give—or accept—tangible love. If you have loved somebody well, or graciously accepted their love for you, then you are being obedient.
I called up a dear friend when I returned to the house. I was so pleased to have a statement of obedience for my season of life. It was a wonderful intervention when God reminded me of what I needed to do to please Him, lifted right out of his Word.
Since that time, I’ve become curious about the ways we understand the action of obedience. Today we are going to look at some key verses in scripture that will help you write your own obedience statement. Friend, I am sure that God wants to whisper a word to you, as He did me on that autumn morning. Let’s pray together for hearts soft to hear him:
Lord, truly we desire to be obedient to you. We want hearts, attitudes and minds that are positioned to receive your truth for our lives. We pray that we would be your humble servants, ready to do your will.
Thousands of years after God laid those commandments for life on Moses, people still seek a framework for understanding purpose and success. Companies also always have vision statements. A vision statement is a way of measuring success. In one or two sentences, it brings purpose, structure and accountability to a company&rsquo ...
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