Seldom does a day goes by in the lives of Christians where they are not faced with the question of obeying God rather than man. This question challenges all Christians regardless of depth of faith, knowledge of Scripture, or their duration of being a Christian. The confrontation from this question in the blink of an eye asks: “Do I really believe there is a God that loves me and whose best purpose is being worked out in my life?” “Do I believe in God enough to suffer for Him?” “Am I willing to lose my job, my possessions, or my rights for Him?” “Do I really have to love the unlovable?” Too often Christians live their lives oblivious to these questions. This often happens because human nature wants to make decisions based on what works best for “me” or what is most comfortable. Your beliefs in God are critical for choosing God’s ways over your human nature.
Cultivating a greater understanding of the immenseness of God and His creation will grow the size of your God. A good start to enlarging the size of your God would be to watch Louie Giglio’s You Tube on creation: https://youtu.be/aVsqCLyoU3o. The absolute enormity of God should bring every human being to their knees in worship and adoration of God’s grace and love He offers to all humanity through His Son, Jesus. Better knowing God’s greatness makes it easier to say, “We must obey God rather than men.” For Peter, his earthly response was inconsequential in view of his life in God’s hands.
Walking and living in the enormity of God only occurs through an enlarging relationship with Christ. As the full personality, love, and grace of God is better known to us, obedience becomes second nature. Paul described this in Philippians 3:10: “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.” This profession of faith did not come from a casual relationship with Christ, but from one that is deep, passionate, and expanding. Following, obeying, suffering, and dying for Jesus does not flow out of a cavalier relationship with Him.
Listen to God’s calling – not man’s ways. Put your life in God’s hands. Do not measure your life from man’s perspective, but from the immenseness of God and His love for you. Peter knew his defiance of the Sanhedrin could very well lead to death, but he also knew the reality and immenseness of God’s love for him. If you want more than a sliver of God’s life, learn the magnificence and size of the God you serve. Pursue Christ to know Him better than anything else in your life. Let Jesus’ passion be your passion, His quest be your desire, and to love what He loves.
Romans 8:17 “Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.”
Do you know someone who needs this message on knowing God? Click below to forward this devotion to them.