Word For Today: Independence or Dependence

Word For Today: Independence or Dependence
Word For Today: Independence or Dependence

I am not much of a swimmer but have you ever tried to save a drowning person? It can get quite tricky and dangerous. There is a cardinal rule taught in water safety and rescue courses: Never try to save a person who is trying to save himself.

The rescuer is to swim out, keep his distance, wait until the drowning person has no strength left, then move in for the rescue. Waiting until that person is totally dependent is the key to a safe rescue.

The same applies to our walk with Christ; we will ‘drown’ until we learn to depend totally on Him. The problem with many of us is that we allow fear to take over and so instead of making the work of our rescuer easy we make it hard.

We start fighting with him as we try to save ourselves with our own strength not realizing it is not possible. The fact that we are drowning means that we have lost control and we have to stop struggling and place our faith in another to save us.

When we do that and allow Jesus to take the lead then we will find safety. Jesus himself depended fully on God the father while he was here on earth so He is not telling us to do what He himself has not done.

Everything He did –His words, actions, plans, and initiatives —-were all carried out in dependence on the Father. John 8:28 So Jesus told them “When you have lifted up the son of man, then you’ll know that I am the one and that I can’t do anything on my own. Instead I speak as the Father taught me.”

Even the Holy Spirit who was coming to live in the disciples would not speak of His own initiative —He would speak only what He heard the Father say (John 16:13). If Jesus lived a dependent life, so should we.

In the world people are striving for independence they want to do their own thing they want to call the shots because to them that equates to maturity. In the Kingdom of God it is the exact opposite, fully depending on God and trusting in Him wholly is the true sign of maturity.God bless you more.

Matthew 11:29-30 (CEV)
Take the yoke[a] I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest.This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light.

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Word For Today: Independence or Dependence

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