FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,”
John 14:15-16 (ESV)
OBEY AND LEAVE THE RESULTS TO GOD
In the eleventh century, King Henry III of Bavaria grew tired of court life and the pressures of being a monarch. He made application to Prior Richard at a local monastery, asking to be accepted as a contemplative and spend the rest of his life in the monastery. “Your Majesty,” said Prior Richard, “do you understand that the pledge here is one of obedience? That will be hard because you have been a king.”
“I understand,” said Henry. “The rest of my life I will be obedient to you, as Christ leads you.” “Then I will tell you what to do,” said Prior Richard. “Go back to your throne and serve faithfully in the place where God has put you.” When King Henry died, a statement was written: “The King learned to rule by being obedient.”
When we tire of our roles and responsibilities, it helps to remember God has planted us in a certain place and told us to be a good accountant or teacher or mother or father. Christ expects us to be faithful where he puts us, and when he returns, we’ll rule together with him. (Steve Brown)
Our love for Jesus is what Jesus expects to drive our obedience to Him. And based on John 14 our love and desire to obey releases the power of God’s Holy Spirit into our lives. Jesus called Him “another Helper.” The helper comes alongside and gives us the wisdom and power we need to produce God honoring results.
Are there any areas of your life that look like you are not loving Jesus by your actions? Ask God what He wants you to do today? In prayer, affirm your love for Jesus and your trust that God will handle the results.