Who is counting on you? In other words, who is depending on you to be the best you?
Do you have children that rely upon you? I can’t specifically say young children because as our children grow into adulthood, they need us all the more to direct them with navigating through life.
Do you have aged parents who rely upon you to take care of them? Maybe you are providing home cooked meals, ensuring they take their meds, cleaning their home, attending, and taking them to doctor visits as required or providing financial assistance.
Do you work for a business that is dependent upon you to put together a presentation to obtain a new client? Maybe you are a liaison between the business and technical departments of the company and the technology department is counting on you to express to the business department, the importance of migrating to a new system.
How about this: Do you have a brother or sister in the Lord who relies upon you to give them an encouraging word for their situation? Maybe they are beginning a new life in Christ and are uncertain of how to reach Him. Maybe he/she does not know how to study the bible. Maybe researching and studying habits were not their strengths in high school- so certainly knowing how to study a book with small print, footnotes, superscripts, red writing, references on the sides of the pages, and words like “thee”, “selah”, “abba”, “ye” – and words that end with “th” (cometh, abideth, keepeth, etc.) would provide some challenges.
The point is that we all have dependencies. Your vehicle depends on you to gas it up, so it can go. The grocer depends on its customers to purchase items to remain in business.
Your biggest dependency is yourself. Your present self is depending on you not to revert to the habits of your previous “self,” so that you can be the best representation of your future self, through Jesus Christ.
We have many things and people pulling on us. But who are you depending on? Do you count on Jesus?
Whether you realize it or not, when you pray, you show your dependency on God and your need for him. What are we counting on Him for?
- Answers to our prayers
Our next breath comes from Jesus, our next meal, the movement of our joints to cause me to create this devotion- is all dependent upon God.
We are nothing without Christ and we cannot do anything without Him. Honey, we couldn’t save ourselves. We would have killed ourselves had the Lord not impressed upon our hearts to follow Him and learn of Him, when we were weary, broken-hearted and carried many burdens from our own actions. We were dead in sin, when Christ died for us. Jesus is our ticket into Heaven. Because of Jesus, we can go home to be with our Father, God. Because of Jesus, we can pray to God. After His ascension, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. The Spirit makes intercession for us- on our behalf. He advocates for us. So then we cannot even get an answered prayer- without Jesus.
Our future person depends on our present person, to be dependent upon Jesus, our Savior.
Can The Lord depend on you? Whether you realize it or not, He IS depending on you!
- To be a living sacrifice
- To do right
- To continue to abide in Him
- To believe Him
- To refuse to worry
- To compel others to follow after the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The last is critical. The Lord requires a living sacrifice to compel others. Just as the enemy compels people to do wrong, the Lord also compels us to do what is right. In essence, dependence means that we surrender our will to the will of our Father.
Do yourself a favor: Right was has been wronged, now. Your future you is counting on you to count on Jesus: without Jesus, we cannot do anything!
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5 NLT