In a series of teachings I am currently writing and teaching one of the points is learning to be totally dependent upon God. In a nation (maybe even the world) where we are taught to be self-reliant and independent from an early age it is often difficult to grasp the concept and actuality of total dependence upon Someone else. However, until we achieve this breakthrough we really have not understood the God we worship and serve and have not experienced the “abundant life” that Jesus spoke about.
As I have personally wrestled with this concept of total dependence upon God (and thus total and absolute trust) I have realized that it is really much more than a concept or principle. It is foundational to everything in the life of a Christian and disciple of the Lord Jesus. It is the ‘first step’ in our walk with God. it is not theory – it is extremely practical and applicable to every day life. And, this ‘total dependence’ is actually based in knowing the true character and nature of God the Father as revealed by and through the life of Jesus.
In my journey researching and writing this series of teachings I have been reminded of God’s character. God is…
Too mysterious for me to define,
Too obvious for me to deny,
Too great for me to manage,
Too loving for me to mistrust,
Too mighty for me to dismiss,
Too powerful for me to battle,
Too fatherly for me to forget,
Too kind for me to ignore, and
Too right for me to go wrong.
So, the only thing I can do is trust Him and learn to depend on Him. I have learned, as well, that we can only change, grow, and have life to the full if we are willing to become dependent upon God and turn to Him in every detail of life. As we do this we are growing deep roots as we become ‘rooted and grounded in His love’ and will find ourselves “abiding in the vine” and bearing fruit for Him and His Kingdom.
Remember, God is more interested in how deep we grow our roots than how big we grow our branches. After all, the quality of a tree’s fruit is more dependent on the health of its roots than the height of its limbs.