The Mystery of Discipleship

#56 The End of Effort

Posted: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
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About The Mystery of Discipleship Series

Jesus’ closest disciples were trusted to speak for Him and tell us His story. All are called to the mystery of discipleship, but the choice is ours.

Devotional

Luke 14:33 NASB
So then none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.

Down under the obvious possessions is possessiveness – the base tendency of our nature. The first ‘possession’ is EFFORT. It is the independent “I can do it without God.” Jesus refused ever to use human effort to achieve God’s will.

The temptations of Jesus were to these very Adamic qualities. Satan essentially said, “Use the effort of the flesh to turn stones into bread.” It is to these ‘powers’ we must die by letting go, making an end of effort.

Jesus explained His miracles by saying, “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord)… (John 5:19 AMPC).

Jesus considered the effort of the flesh to amount to ‘nothing.’ His effort, energy, and achievement came from the Life of the Father within Him. He simply would not exert the power of the flesh, that human power which CAN produce great things that end only in disaster.

The Cross Brings the End of Effort

To meet your own needs, living by your Adamic strength without leaning entirely on God—this is the ability and effort of the old self. And the cross exposes the futility of our effort and offers an end to the nature that believes it doesn’t need God.

Behind our human actions and our independence of God is the simple issue of effort…and it must die!

Other Devotionals in The Mystery of Discipleship Series

Mystery of Discipleship #91 Whose Love Do You Love? #90 The Disciples Were Following Love #89 Seeing the Father #88 From the Eyes of Your Heart #87 To See the Lord #86 Fellowship with the Son #85 Spiritual Ears that Hear God #84 The Disciple's Spiritual Purity #83 Mixture Is Wanting Something for ME #82 For Love of the World #81 The Conscience of the World #80 Salt, the Unseen Spark #79 Salt of the Earth #78 The Heart's Possessions #77 Priests and Disciples #76 Faith and Surrender Were the Victory #75 Soldier of Christ Jesus #74 We Will Be Sifted Like Wheat #73 Jesus' Prayer in Warfare #72 Victory in the Vessel #71 The Cost of the Conflict #70 God's Consecrated People #69 Where Jesus is Lord, People are Church #68 The Presence of the Lord #67 An Abode for God #66 A Holy Temple #65 Church is Christ #64 The Boss: Jesus Christ, the Head #63 Supreme Head of the Church #62 Ministry to the Church #61 Disciples are Builders #60 Enemies of the Cross #59 Raised by the Power of Resurrection #58 The Disciple and the Kingdom #57 The Cross and the Nature of Man
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