217. Nothing More, Nothing Less

“Do you ever find it difficult,” I asked Stan, “to know what you are supposed to do in being a Christian?”

“Oh, yeah,” Stan replied.  “In the beginning of my walk with God, I had all sorts of problems trying to figure out what He had for me to do.”

“But you got that figured out?” I asked.

“I did,” Stan replied, “but first I had to answer a different question.”

“What was that?” I asked.

“What God had for me to be,” Stan responded.

“Once it was clear in my mind what God wanted me to be,” he continued, “it was easier to see what God had for me to do.”

Continuing, Stan said, “If I got the doing part first before I had a firm grasp on the being part, it was like trying to please God by good works.

“So,” I said, “it was a two-step process.  First you had to know what God wanted you to be, and then the second step of knowing what He had for you to do flowed from that.”

“Exactly,” Stan replied.

Continuing, Stan said, “Once I got it straight in my mind that God wanted me to be entirely and completely His, for whatever purposes He wanted, then I could go forth in obedience doing for Him without any doubt as to what that was supposed to be.”

I responded, “That seems like a good summary of what Jesus said about being a disciple.  Deny self, do what He has for me to do, and follow Him wherever that might be.”

“Exactly right,” said Stan.  “Be and do what God has for me.  Nothing more and nothing less.”

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Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.  James 2:17.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you have things for me to do for you.  Thank you that you have made it clear that before I get involved in the doing, I have to be rightly related to you.  You know my tendency to wander away doing only what I want to do, without regard for what you have for me.  Please, Lord, forgive all of that.  And please lead me to where you want me to be in my relationship with you so I will be open to seeing what you have for me to do for you.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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