We don’t have to be His best, just His.
"The rain that is pouring on you is the love that I have for you"
We Obey Because We Love
We can never repay His love. We can never try to earn it. We can simply try to express our love for Him. A love that is there because like a child running into the arms of a parent, when hurt and broken, we want to lean in closer. Lean in to a Father who does not judge us and only loves us. We are not under the law of condemnation, and how great is that? How great is our God, that no matter what we can run into His arms.
You’re it. <3
In Matthew 14, when Jesus walks on water, Paul, initially seems to have faith. Instead of asking Jesus if it’ll be alright to walk on the water, he says something we should pray everyday: Jesus, call me to come to you and be able me to walk to you. Call me Lord and enable me! And when Paul’s eyes were not on Jesus and he started sinking, Jesus simply said, “It’s all right. I am here! Don’t be afraid.” Jesus didn’t say he’d calm the storm, but simply that He was there. Jesus is all we need, and if we keep our eyes on Him, He will show us that He is God.
Like Peter, our faith is inconsistent, bold in one moment and absent the next. Imagine what Jesus could do if we refused to doubt? And not only is our God sufficient, he satisfies, and his provisions exceed our need when we rely on Him. Unlike Harod’s birthday party, which was the parallel feast in this chapter, Jesus’ disciples were fed and satisfied with what Jesus provided.
After John the Baptist’s murder, Jesus wanted to give His disciples a retreat, but when he saw the multitude of people, he took compassion on them and did not only want to spiritually care for them, but physically too. Even if you and the disciples were tired and worn out from a long day, you all continued to put others first. Lord, even when we don’t want too, or if we are not in the mood, help us serve you, Lord. Help us to worship you, Lord. We know you are worthy Lord, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Help us to rely on you. To never let our inadequacies lead us to say no to the Lord, but instead, let us see them as opportunities to experience the power of Christ. Lord, you are LORD. And we want to experience you fully. Include us in your plan. Let us be your hands and feet.
How can you deny glorifying the LORD?
God sees even the smallest obediences. And He is pleased.