Is Jesus your Lord, not just your Savior? That means that you will do what He says to do at the appropriate time. He will give you the ability to do it.
1. As the Father has loved me (Jesus), so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. John 15:9-14
2. On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied, “My time has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:1-5
3. Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination (witchcraft), and arrogance (stubbornness) like the evil of idolatry. I Samuel 15:22b-23a
4. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
5. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. I John 2:4
6. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. II Corinthians 5:15
How we are anointed to serve the Lord is the most valuable possession that we have after our salvation. Everyone has something significant to do in the kingdom of God and each of us must seek the Lord to find out what it is.
7. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land. Isaiah 1:19
8. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2
9. To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. Proverbs 21:3
10. “Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the Lord, “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin.” Isaiah 30:1
11. That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. Luke 12:47
12. Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? Luke 9:23-25
13. The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. Proverbs 11:3
14. If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out (know--have the needed illumination to recognize, can tell for himself) whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth, there is nothing false about him. John 7:17-18
15. Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the Lord your God. ... See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it. Deuteronomy 12:28,32
16. So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” for the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow. Matthew 6:31-34a
17. He (the Son of Man) will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:33-40
18. He (Jesus) withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:41-42
19. Be careful not to do your “acts of righteousness” before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right had is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:1,3-4
This principle does not just apply to giving, but also to praying and fasting. (Matthew 6:5-6 and Matthew 6:16-18) If our objective is to have our good deeds seen by others, then we have already received our reward.
20. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord! 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
21. Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer. II Timothy 2:3-4
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I repent for rebellion and going my own way, for being afraid to surrender to Your will for my life. I renounce all of these fears of self protection or lack of dedication. I acknowledge that You have a purpose and destiny for me and I submit to Your will. Please help me do it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.