133. The Same Question

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“When I first became a Christian,” Stan began, “and was spending time with my spiritual mentor, I will never forget two questions he asked me.”

“What were those?” I asked.

“First he asked me if I loved God.”

“And I gave an immediate and robust ‘yes!’” Stan replied.

“Then he asked me if I always obey God.”

“My answer was less robust.  Actually kind of a wishy-washy ‘usually’,” was Stan’s response.

“Then,” Stan said, “he really let me have it by saying that he just asked me the same question, only with different words.”

“And what was his point?” I asked.

“His point was a very good one,” Stan said.  “If I love God I will obey Him. Period.  No exceptions.”

“None of this, ‘oh, I love God so much,’ and then go and do what I want, knowing it is in direct disobedience to His commands and to His will for me.”

“You indicated, Stan, that you never forgot those two questions.  I don’t think I will either,” I responded.

“That’s great,” Stan said, “but be sure to note that I said that I never forgot the questions.  What I tend to forget is the answer!”

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If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.  John 14:15.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for making it clear to me that my obedience to you is to be reflective of my love for you.  You know all there is to know about me and my love and my obedience.  I give all of that to you and surrender all I have to surrender.  I empty myself of everything that leads me to want to disobey what I know is your command and your will.  Please, Lord, help me.  Thank you I can and do come before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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