Before Easter, I blogged about the dangers of independence. The opposite is something we need to cultivate; dependence. From very young children we are encouraged, and even pushed, to become independent and learn to do things on our own without the help of others. The physical challenges I faced growing up caused my father to often say to me; “you can do it, just keep trying.” This attitude was good for me and for all of us, as long as it is used in the right way.
Our first real act of dependence is when we come to the Lord Jesus and ask Him to save us from our sin. That should be the beginning of a life-long walk of dependence on Him. We no longer can direct our own steps and succeed; as Jesus said, “apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
There is a quote that many claim comes from the Bible; “God helps those who help themselves.” This is NOT in the Bible anywhere and is actually counter to what Scripture teaches. In the Psalms, David continually refers to “waiting on the Lord,” not just for help but also for instruction (See Psalm 25:4-5; 27:14; 31:24; 62:1, and many more).
The beginning of Paul’s new life in Christ was an act of dependence. Suddenly made blind from the intense light and glory of Christ, forced him to be “led…by the hand and brought…into Damascus” (Acts 9:8). God brought him to a brother, Ananias, who was ready to receive Saul and immediately begin the discipling process. A teachable heart is one that depends on someone else.
We will write more about this tomorrow, but for now, are you a person bent on doing things without the help of others, or the Lord? If so, you need to pursue a dependent heart in order to grow in your walk with the Lord.
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