Touching Base 12
This week’s lesson and reading focused on how a relationship with God brings about a changed life! When we ask Jesus to come into our life he gives us a desire to do what He wants us to do. That desire is rooted in our relationship with God, our heavenly Father!
Take few moments to reflect upon all that you read this week and how it is making an impact on your life. As you do that, go back to the lessons or devotionals that you want to reconsider … or that you missed!
This week’s lesson focused on obedience and how it makes a difference in our walk with Jesus. That lesson really set up the week for the devotionals focusing on worship, Jesus’ work in our lives, and our response to Him.
The New Life in Christ lesson highlighted these principles:
“Simply put, the more we know Him the more we love Him. The more we love Him the more we desire to worship Him. The more we worship Him the more we desire to serve Him. Our worship of Him mirrors the condition of our hearts. The true worship which God desires from His children works from the inside out. Our worship of Him should result in personal transformation.”
How much desire do you have to worship and obey Jesus?
In what ways are you currently serving Him?
In what ways are you being transformed?
Obedience is a life-style choice, and it is one that is often rebelled in society today.
How do you feel about obeying God? What changes in your perspective do you need to make in order to embrace obedience to God and His plans for your life?
The “I am” statements of John were highlighted in one of the devotionals this week.
“I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35) Jesus is our sustenance, our sufficiency.
“I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12) Jesus is our guidance, our direction.
“I am the gate for the sheep.” (John 10:7) Jesus is our access to the Father.
“I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11) Jesus is our caring protector, our total safety.
“I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25) Jesus is our surety.
“I am the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6) Jesus is our eternal counselor.
“I am the true vine.” (John 15:1) Jesus is our source of strength, our power.
Which one of these statements is most real to you at this point in your life?
How do these statements all relate to the principle of obedience?
Dr. Steve Childers wrote in True Spiritual, “The goal of the gospel is not merely to forgive us, but to change us into true worshippers of God and authentic lovers of people.”
How is the idea of change related to the principle of obedience?
In what ways are you a true worshipper of God? In what ways are you an authentic lover of people?
Go a Step Beyond
Here’s this week’s recommendation for another on-line article with information on what it means to have a new life in Jesus Christ:
Obeying God Faithfully @ https://jesusonline.com/follow-jesus/living-for-jesus/obeying/
Write It on Your Heart
Take a few minutes to memorize these verses:
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)