Bridging the Gap

A. W. Tozer started me thinking on this subject. His way of putting it prompted this article. Far too often, we love good solid Biblical teaching; we even agree with it and intend to put it into practice. So far, so good! However, when it comes right down to actually practicing, there seems to be a gap between intent and action. The mind and emotions are engaged but the will is weak. One of the purposes of discipline is to let nothing stop us from applying the truth that captured our minds and emotions. This involves motivation. Until I want to please my Lord and Savior more than anything else that I want in life, the gap remains. This is where “the rubber meets the road.” The disciple will not rest or give up until he or she has bridged the gap between intent and action. There may be a number of false starts but instead of becoming discouraged, we will renew and intensify our determination. We will prayerfully seek His strength to accomplish His will. Depending on Him and pressing on, the gap can be bridged. Every failure will be the exact time to renew our commitment until we have learned to do and be what we sensed we should do and be, as we understood revealed Truth. Even these thoughts in this article can be agreed with but not done until we take charge of our will and act. In Colossians 1:10, Paul prayed that Christians, “….might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” This portion of the prayer and the context is answered when we exercise our will to render loving obedience to Him Who loved us and died for us and refuse to give up until we have moved from intent to application. In the beautiful hymn, “Have Thine Own Way, Lord,” Adelaide A. Pollard offered this prayer, “Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Hold oe’r my being absolute sway! Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see Christ only, always, living in me!” Selah! Mind, agreeing with God’s Word, moving us in our emotions to want His will plus disciplining our wills to apply His Word; that will bridge the gap!   Ron

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