Weekly Devotional

"Be transformed by the renewal of your mind"

Genuine Obedience

2017-07-23 by Sandor Kotzeff

"Is it right for you to be angry?" (v.4)

Jonah 4:1-4

     When God issues His instruction to us, it can often be a tough pill to swallow. Although we pray "Your will be done" His will can and will intersect with our own expectations and attitudes. For Jonah, the discrepancy lies between his and God's sense of justice.

     We in our pilgrimage to salvation are always at risk of performing obedience that is not genuine. If only Jonah had reflected on the attitudes of the sailors he was with at sea. How they strived to avoid Jonah being thrown overboard, and how they repented when they could not avoid it. If Jonah could see himself preaching in Nineveh, how he provided the bare minimum of a message to the people in hopes that they would ignore him and be lost to destruction, he would realize that it was he who was at fault and not the community he had such enmity towards.

     Jesus desires his disciples to have a change of heart in order to do his work. Any acts of obedience on our part is to be from a place of genuine compassion for those we are helping. If we pray "your will be done" we must ensure that we truely want what God wants.
    
     If you are unsure how to do this, pray for the Holy Spirit of Christ to increase your faith. Pray that God's grace be not dispensed to you but in those who have yet to recieve it. Show love to the ones you see changed like you have been changed and celebrate the eternal life provided to another soul in need.
   
Prayer:
     Heavenly Father. I pray that you would take the selfishness that lives in my heart. I recognize that often in my prayers of praise to you I have my own expectations and gains in mind. My motivations to obey your commands are not pure and I pray that you would increase my faith so that I can serve you from a genuine place in my heart. Thank you Lord for saving the people that you have saved. Your plan is so vast and your power so great that I cannot possibly comprehend what you have planned for mankind. But I am aware of the sacrifice you made for me through Christ. I repent of my transgressive thoughts and pray for you to make me more like Jesus in my attitudes. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.