When Common Sense Blocks The Abundant Life

 I have a lot of common sense, and that is not always a good thing.

I find that whenever I rely on my common sense, I am not relying on God. Common sense is another way of saying, “I know how and don’t need help to figure things out.” There is certainly a sense of pride and control that accompany common sense though far less overt. It is easy to mask the notion that I have put myself above the masses by flaunting a self-reliance and ability to take charge.

Unfortunately, this leaves very little room for the work of the Holy Spirit. My human nature snuffs out the need for the Son of God to have His way and the abundant life is beyond my reach. Only my vulnerable dependence on Him will cause me to worship the One who gave me the common sense in the first place.

“Is the Lord Jesus Christ being abundantly satisfied by your life, or are you exhibiting a walk of spiritual pride before Him? Never let your common sense become so prominent and forceful that it pushes the Son of God to one side. Common sense is a gift that God gave to our human nature— but common sense is not the gift of His Son. Supernatural sense is the gift of His Son, and we should never put our common sense on the throne. The Son always recognizes and identifies with the Father, but common sense has never yet done so and never will. Our ordinary abilities will never worship God unless they are transformed by the indwelling Son of God. We must make sure that our human flesh is kept in perfect submission to Him, allowing Him to work through it moment by moment. Are we living at such a level of human dependence upon Jesus Christ that His life is being exhibited moment by moment in us?”

Source: Oswald Chambers, My Utmost

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