God shows you what you need to see. It is your job to pay attention. Some folks say that God is not real. Others say that God is all around us, all the time, visible in everything. If you think God is not real, you have a lot to learn. But you can be transformed from an atheist to a believer in a moment. I know that this is so because it is what happened to me. But that is not the end of the trail. It is just the beginning. People who believe that faith in God is all they need, and that nothing is required of them, have a lot to learn. Faith is the jumping off point for the journey into obedience that we are asked to take.
God is in control, but we are told that we are God’s fellow workers. Fellow workers? Workers? You mean, we have to do stuff? Ouch! Where does it say we are to be workers? Go to www.biblegateway.com/. Do a search for “fellow workers” in the New King James Version. (In other translations, you could try “fellow labourers” or “fellow work-men”.)
We are God’s fellow workers, indeed. We are given the free gift of salvation, if we are obedient. We must be faithful to the end. But we were created for good works, according to Ephesians 2:10. And found in the 7th chapter of the gospel according to Matthew, Jesus Christ said the following:
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
He is telling you to do as he indicates you should do. He is telling you to put his teachings into practice. And he is warning that, if you fail to do so, your end will not be salvation but disaster.
He also said, “If you love me keep my commandments.” So if you fail to obey his commandments, do you love him? And if you do not love him, whom or what do you love?
He said that those who wish to follow him must deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow him. That means that we who wish to follow him must be obedient, not rebellious, apathetic, or self-willed.
It takes a lot of careful attention to the Spirit to continue to be led by the Spirit. But you can do it. You can choose to follow obediently. It might mean adapting your life to his will, but you can do it.
We all need wisdom to make the right choices. Do you have the wisdom you need? James says that all you have to do to get this wisdom is to ask God for it (James 1:5). Ask Him daily.
Don’t wait. Time is short.