Called to Obedience

November 25, 2022

Called to Obedience

2 Corinthians 10:5

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

            This morning as I was standing on the patio by the side of our house and I had the privilege of watching an amusing and rare event.  I had heard some noise and had gone out to see what it was.  As I stood there still and watching I began to see what I came to realize was a doe and three fawns.  The little fawns were romping around, playing and having a great time.  As the doe came by within twenty or thirty feet of me I could hear her calling, somewhat like a cow would do, but not as loud.  One of the little fawns came and staid close to her while she continued trying to watch out for and call in the other two.  They seemed pretty much oblivious to her as they continued their chasing one another.  Eventually they moved away from the area and I suppose she continued tying to get their attention and obedience.  She knew far better than they the dangers and pitfalls of not being alert and discerning of your surroundings.  What did they care they were just having a good time. 

            As I was meditating on this I began to think how much this often resembles our attitudes toward obedience to God.  The Holy Sprit is like that doe trying to watch over us, warn us, and call us to the protection of a close relationship with Him.  There are some that listen and stay close, going and doing as the Holy Spirit directs, but a good many of us are like those other two fawns, running, playing and pretty much doing as we please with only slight regard for the doe that is trying to watch out for us and help us to come to full growth.  We simply choose to ignore the potential dangers and pitfalls that we can easily fall into.  And there are always the predators, who like satan, are seeking whom they may devour.  Disobedience and willfulness exposes us to this danger.  Sometimes those who are Christians can find their lives turned upside down by sin that crept in stealthily and with little detection because we had strayed from the Shepherd and were off playing in the fields of our own pleasure or desires. 

            The Word teaches here in this 2 Corinthians 10 passage, that safety and prevention begin within our own minds.  The seed of sin is most often in a thought.  The thought given place will grow until eventually it will become a word or an action.  It is just as James 1:13-15 says it, “13When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”  Just as ignoring the doe could kill those disobedient fawns, so our disobedience can kill us.  For us to grow up into the fullness of what Christ has purposed for us requires that we come under the reigns of obedience.  The Lord simply states that this is the act of love toward Him, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).  Our growth and maturity in Christ demands our attention to obedience.  That is where we learn His voice and learn to be like Him.  That is where we learn to discern the thought and intents of our own hearts and cast down the desires, imaginations and temptations that will lead into that place of vulnerability and failure.  It all starts with our minds and the attitude of our hearts.  Do we have a heart for obedience or are we bent on self-will? 

Blessings,

#kent

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