15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master,nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. John 13:15-17
Knowing is not the same as doing. We can know the will of God but we must also push ourselves to do it. The danger isn’t in the lack of knowledge. God will make us aware of what He wants. The danger is in knowing and not doing. Are we doing what God wants of us? The more we know, the more we are responsible for. The more we know Him, the more we are to be like Him.
God isn’t expecting us to read His mind. He will reveal Himself to us. But let us be careful to act upon His revealing. Let us be careful to do all He has commanded and not just that which is easiest or most convenient. Let us not seek the easier paths but be willing to walk the longer, dustier roads that lead to Christ. Each one of us must walk our own road to Calvary. Each one of us must choose to serve one another, not just those who are less dirty or more lovely.
Christ isn’t asking us to die for Him but to die to ourselves. He’s not asking for sacrifices of our own doing but simple obedience to His will. There are times we are willing to die a great sacrificial death as it makes us seem like a martyr. But what if God simply wants you to die a quiet death to self? It’s when we die to ourselves that we truly become alive. Life isn’t found in keeping but in the yielding of ourselves to His glorious task.