I am starting out with the last two sentences from yesterday’s post. “Quality of life on this earth is living out the gospel. The gospel is designed to affect every aspect of our lives.”
Quality of life has nothing to do with whether or not our circumstances are negative or positive. It is defined through our relationship with the Lord. Genesis 2:7 says, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life…”
Our relationship with the Lord is as vital as our breath. Therefore we do well to remember that sin separates us from fellowship with Him. Can you hold your breath very long without gasping for air? Can you remain separated from fellowship with the Lord and thrive?
I like to often visit John 15:5 in the Amplified. It says, “I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me (cut off from vital union with Me) you can do nothing.”
Here is the root to our fleshly reactions. We are living independent of the Lord in that moment. I want to use this illustration from my life to help us think about what independence means.
I had a low hanging branch on a tree in my backyard. It was always in my way. I laboriously sawed it off with a hand saw. It fell to the ground. I went in and laid down for 1/2 hour. When I came back, the first thing that I noticed were the leaves. They were shriveled. What a picture of living in sin!
Romans 11 was written about Israel. The wording in verse 18 is so instructional for us. It says, “Do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.”
What is the support in our relationship with the Lord? It is His word. John 15:10 Amplified says, “If you keep My commandments (if you continue to obey My instructions); you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and live on in His love.”
Do you treasure God’s word? Is it laid up in your heart? Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” We will continue this tomorrow.