Obedience vs. Rebellion

I’ve been studying this devotional called “The Battle Plan for Prayer” that’s based off the movie, War Room. There was an excerpt from today’s study about obedience that was too good not to share…

Jesus is the definition of pure, agape love and wants nothing more than for us to love Him in return through a lifestyle of obedience. It’s like with our kids – some are obedient and some rebel. If you were God for a day, would you answer the prayer requests of your obedient child or the rebellious one? In the same vein, how could anyone call Jesus “Lord, Lord” if they’re not serious about doing what He says (Luke 6:46) and being obedient?

The logic couldn’t be any more clearer. And Jesus couldn’t have said it more plainly, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). No one is saying we’re capable of always doing things perfect, but “to NOT follow Him with faith and submission while CLAIMING total allegiance is the same as saying our love for Him is a cup of lukewarm coffee at best.” And who really likes a cup of lukewarm coffee??

— Chris

Why You Should Accept a Life Less Predictable (via @donaldmiller)

Check this post out first from Storyline Blog:
http://storylineblog.com/2013/09/25/why-you-should-accept-a-life-less-predictable/

WOW! Shauna’s post rings so true with me right now. When I was at Texas A&M in College Station, I sailed on Lake Bryan and Lake Somerville with the Texas A&M Sailing Club for 4 years. We were a non-profit organization that basically survived off of club dues and donated boats, of which my favorite was the infamous Nacra 6.1 catamaran. I absolutely loved the feeling of waking up on a Saturday morning, checking the wind speeds for the day and heading out to the lake with a group of friends to see how far and fast the wind would take us.

The wind is a funny animal though. I can’t tell you how many pairs of sunglasses I lost in the water, how many times I fell off the boat or how many times I capsized a boat (or at least will admit to). BUT, I can tell you how great the sport is when you learn to understand and trust the wind. The same thing goes for my relationship with God. Like Shauna, I’m a planner at heart, and historically, I have been accustomed to planning a chunk of my adult life out in detail and remaining “in control.” However, lately it’s felt like a season in my life where I give up control and see where God (a.k.a. the wind) takes me. Granted Stephanie and I are planning wedding, which this groom-zilla is loving, but we’re not trying to control where He takes us. It’s challenging and exciting all at the same time.

Food for thought… Where’s the wind taking you these days? Better yet, who’s the wind?