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Devotional - week of October 19, 2014


The following devotional was originally published by David Kuykendall on November 19,2000. 

DOING YOUR BEST FOR JESUS?

Are you doing your best for Jesus?

If your answer is “yes,” you should stop it-immediately. Such an approach is both dangerous and unfruitful. God’s intention for you is that He work through you. Consider the following question. Are you permitting Him do His best through you?

Read the last of the five commands for living by grace.

[Yield] your members as instruments of righteousness unto God … Romans 6:13c

When we obey this command, we are available for God to express Himself through us.

We cannot produce for God. He must do the work through us. So, when we are “doing our best for Jesus,” we experience the great disappointment of being unfruitful.

But what is dangerous about “doing our best for Jesus?” If we will understand that such an approach to the Christian life is an approach of the flesh, we will clearly see the danger when we read Galatians 5:19-21a.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like …

You probably have had the sad experience of seeing someone who seemed to love God the most, fall into one or more of the works of the flesh. They did so because they were “doing their best for Jesus.”

How can we escape the danger and fruitlessness of this fleshly approach to life? Live out the five imperatives for living by God’s grace. Study the imperatives again below.