We are to serve the Lord with no strings attached. The love of the Son for the Father must live in us in a way that surpasses any promises of blessing. We have made the transition from the self-life to the divine life when it’s no longer about us on any level. But what about all the wonderful promises and provisions? Here is a parable Jesus told. We want to hear it on a spiritual level, not a soulish one.
7 “Which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’?
8 “But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink’?
9 “He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he?
10 “So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.’”
Verse eight says, “Properly cloth yourself and serve me while I eat and drink.” Properly clothing ourselves involves a nature change. Paul wrote “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Being baptized into Christ involves more than just being dunked under the water. It is being immersed into His life. The self-life is always concerned with its well being. The self-life thus applies the promises of God accordingly.
Many things pertaining to the kingdom of God are looming on the horizon. God’s judgments are in the earth as evidenced by the turmoil among the nations. It is so important right now to see the first commandment perpetually fulfilled in our lives.
35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
38 “This is the first and great commandment.
We are to love Him unconditionally. Every time we lay aside our dirty garments as ones who have come in from the field, and properly cloth ourselves, we move in the divine realm that pleases the Father. We can never fulfill the first commandment from the soulish realm. There is just too much of self intermingled. This is why we learn to lay aside even the promises and how we think they will be fulfilled, and just worship God, with no strings attached. The spiritual man is not fretting over what God is going to do for him. This is why saints throughout history have worshipped God without regard to their well being. This is why many saints have died as martyrs, worshipping God with their last breath.
If the love and worship of the Lord is living in us, then we have all that we need to weather whatever storms come our way. Revelation will not see us through, experiences, no matter how great, won’t either. We can be dumb as rocks with no revelation at all, yet love the Lord from a pure heart and we will make it. Our love and worship of the Lord must be the only criteria of sonship. Gifts and ministries are given of the Lord. They are His. Only our worship and submission to His Lordship begins with us. And really, even these things are a work of grace accomplished in our lives. To love Him with no strings attached is the transition out of the soul realm and into the divine.