#56 The End of Effort
Posted: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017Print
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.
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!