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November 17, 2023 | Daily Devotionals | November 17

Prime Cut Christianity

“Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me.  He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” John 14:21

It doesn’t matter if you’re a pastor of a thirty-thousand-member church or a brand-new believer.  The questions for God’s men are always: Am I going to do life my way or God’s way? What does God require of me in this situation?  What is God telling me? What does His Word say? What will honor Him most? Am I going to trust God’s promise or try to make it happen on my own?

Some of you reading this are saying to yourselves.  “Yeah, yeah, Kenny, I know this already. Where’s the beef?  Trust me, brother your faith in God’s character, His Word, and your deep-down conviction of who He wants you to be and what He wants you to do is the twenty-ounce prime-cut steak of Christianity.  When you go to Outback Steakhouse, you can order the coconut shrimp or a salad.  But is that why a man goes to Outback Steakhouse? Seasoned, seared steak is why I go.  That’s their signature.  That’s what a steakhouse is known for, and that’s why I put my name in, wait for a table, and lay down an Andrew Jackson when I’m done.  Nothing against the veggies, but it’s definitely the beef that makes me a repeat customer.

If God’s Man is your identity — your “signature,” to borrow from our Outback Steakhouse analogy — then the main characteristic your spiritual life hangs on is one thing: faith expressed through obedience.  This was the test for Adam in the garden.  This was the issue when God told Noah to build the boat.  This was the gauntlet for Abraham when God ask him to leave home and “go to the land I will show you”.

Thank you Father, you have made it clear, help me in the process.


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