Putting God's Word into Practice…

John 15:9-17 Bonus Feature

on June 11, 2012

My husband has been preaching through the book of John since November, and today he covered the same verses that I studied over the weekend.  I know that I already wrote what the Holy Spirit laid on my heart from the passage, but because God’s Word is living, I’d like to share the fresh breath it gave me today.

The quote that started my heart:  “If your Christian life feels like work, then you have no clue what it means to be a friend of God.”  Jesus promises us that our obedience causes us to abide in HIS love, and it fills us with HIS joy.  Obedience is not work, obedience brings joy.

He shared about working for his friend, and what a difference it makes when your boss is your friend.  He worked at a car dealership for a time preparing cars for the lot–a lot technician!  But two days a week, he was able to go with his friend to the car auction.  Those days were best because it didn’t feel like work at all, but like hanging out with a friend.  That is how our Christian life should be.  Jesus is more than our boss, He is our friend.

Then he shared this story.  When he was a youth pastor, they took a group of teens from Ohio to Mexico.  One of the leaders was filling the van with gas as Brad came around the corner of the vehicle.  The man said, “These gas pumps are weird down here.  They don’t even fit in the tank.”  To which they discovered that the reason the pump nozzle didn’t fit was because they were fueling the van with diesel!  That is how it is with us.  God has made us to run on His joy!  The problem is we look to so many other things to fill our tank, things that end up destroying us or leaving us empty because they just don’t fit.

Is your Christian life characterized by joy?  Is your obedience fueled by joy?  Do you think of Jesus as your friend or your boss?


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