Recently, I wrote about the fact that excuses suck and followers of Jesus need to live better lives. God has given us all the resources that we need to do so. You can catch up here.
In the post, I referenced 1 Corinthians 3:3 and 2 Peter 1:3 which declare that we are not like the world around us that is bound to sin. By his divine power, God has given us every resource that we need to live godly lives.
This leads to a natural question:
What are those divine resources?
Here are my top five.
1. The Holy Spirit.
The Bible declares an almost unbelievable thing. If you are a Believer in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit lives inside you. The Holy Spirit as in the third person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit as in the power that raised Jesus from the dead. The Holy Spirit as in the one who gives special abilities to serve God. The Holy Spirit as in the one who helps you understand the Bible. The Holy Spirit as in God.
Yes, THAT Holy Spirit indwells you for one grand purpose. He indwells you to empower you to live like Jesus.
2. The Bible.
I am fully convinced that we do not fully appreciate the incredible resource of God’s Word. Consider what you possess in the Bible. You have the very words of God. You have absolute truth. You have all the instruction that God thought you needed to live this life well. You have a perfect record of the past. You have a certain forecast of the future. You have the book that can equip you for every task that the Lord calls you to carry out.
We enjoy a special blessing in our day. Not only can you have your own copy of the Bible, but you can have it in a variety of translations and study formats. Computer programs and websites give almost unlimited ways to easily discover the riches of the Word. Amazon can ship you bible resources by the truckload. The internet provides access to more bible teaching than we could ever digest in ten lifetimes. For about three thousand years, no one but a select few had direct access to the Scriptures at all. You have resources without end.
The resources that God lavishes upon us demonstrate his good heart for us. None more than the church. The church receives much criticism. I have some of my own, but it is never with God’s provision. It is only with what men have done with it. Regardless, the church is a beautiful gift. It is the gift of friends. It is the gift of family. It is the gift of community.
We are not meant to live this life alone. We are made for relationships. More than that, we need others to follow Jesus well. We need their love, service, encouragement, rebukes, knowledge, counsel, help and much more. In return, they need ours. We need one another. Don’t forget that is why the church exists.
4. Access to God.
Sometimes familiarity conceals the wonder of a thing. Prayer is a familiar thing to Christians. Unfortunately, it is often more familiar in concept than in practice, but that is another post. Prayer is a remarkable thing. Prayer is a point of access to the very presence of God. It is an access point to his ear. Prayer is your point of access to the very power and intervention of God in your life and the lives of others.
Do you see what God has done in prayer? He has invited you into his presence. Prayer can be fellowship for your soul and strength for your living. Prayer is access to the King…the one with the power and authority to do all things. It is yours.
5. The Gospel
The message of the gospel (literally “the good story”) changed your life. It gave you a new life…a new hope…a new ability…a new mission…a new future. Not only was it the resource that gave and continues to give all these things to you, it is also the resource that you have to offer others. We have a role to play in the story that God is working out in this world. We have responsibility because we have the truth…because we have Jesus. The resources of God have power. The Apostle Paul said that “the gospel is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.” Don’t leave the gospel in the past when you first believed in Jesus. The grace of the gospel continues to be your salvation and the world is filled with others who need it…who need you to tell it to them.
Our God is a generous God and he has given you everything that you need to live a godly life. This is just a small list! He wants you to succeed. He has equipped you to succeed.
What resource do you need to better put into action?
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