Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.
– Titus 1:15-16 NLT
How many times do we hear the voice of God, yet we choose to ignore what he tells us to do? Why do we do this?
With every act of disobedience, we are tell God that his ways are not good and our ways are. But we sometimes fail to realize that disobedience darkens our hearts. And with darkened hearts we can’t be the pure and holy children God is calling us to be (Deuteronomy 7:6).
When we allow disobedience to enter in, we become corrupt, detestable, and worthless of doing good works.
Do you hear that, we are worthless of doing good when we allow disobedience muck up the pure waters of our hearts.
But some people may say “But Sanley, I’m still a good person even though a disobeyed a few times!”
. We were once good, but sin entered our bloodline. Since God is the only one who is good, then he is the only one who is able to do good works. By becoming children of God, we inherited the ability to do God’s good works through the aid of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit that dwells within us is the one who is counteracting the sinful blood we have inherited from our Earthly relatives.
But disobedience to the work God is calling us to do is leading people to hell. When we tell God no, we are sending people on a road to their damnation. We renounce our Christ-like character and allow sin to overtake our lives with every “small” act of disobedience. But the character of Christ was to obey his Father, even to the point of sacrificing himself. Christ’s character tells us to go beyond ourselves and our comfort zone to reach a dying people. We are to make right the wrongs caused by the sin of fallen people.
As children of God we are called to get up to carry on the nature of Christ. This is something we have to decide to put on everyday of our lives and decide to walk in (Ephesians 4:21-24).
Because Christ’s is not disobedient, then our nature should have no hint of disobedience. We have to always call on the Holy Spirit to remove disobedience and rebellion from our hearts. In that way we can actually do the good works God wants us to do in his name. We can no longer live a life where our capacity for good is weighed relative to nature of someone else.
We cannot allow ourselves to become worthless of doing anything good.
Identify 5 areas of your life where you have been disobedient to God. Write them down and spend the next 7 days praying for a changed heart and repenting over your actions.