Your Spiritual Vital Signs
Your physician assesses your heartbeat, breathing rate, temperature, and blood pressure. Jesus assesses your belief, obedience and love. They’re like three strands of a braided rope. 1 John (NIV) reveals their interconnectedness.
“We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands” (1 John 2:3). “And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us” (1 John 3:23). “Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them…” (1 John 3:24a). “And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother” (1 John 4:21). “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).
Belief, obedience and love grow and intertwine throughout your life as a believer. You keep on believing, keep on loving and keep on obeying. Yesterday’s obedience, love and belief are locked away in the vault of time. Today’s opportunities to serve God and others require a fresh demonstration of all three.
When your vital signs indicate all isn’t well, your doctor prescribes a treatment plan. A fever suggests an infection which needs attention. High blood pressure might require medication. Your spiritual vital signs of belief, obedience and love are all relationship terms. You believe, obey and love SOMEONE.
God’s and your efforts keep the three strands growing and intertwining. You work out your salvation with fear and trembling while God works in you to provide the will and ability to follow His ways (Philippians 2:12–13). He works in you. His Spirit lives through you. You obey God because you love Him (John 14:15).
Your belief, obedience and love aren’t yet fully formed. They’re not what they will someday be. But they’re significant steering forces in your life. Belief, obedience and love are replacing fear, doubt, rebellion, and apathy. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources
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