Read 2 Kings 10
Focus on verse 29
Being almost obedient is like being almost pregnant. It is not possible. One is either obedient or disobedient; we cannot be “almost obedient”. Jehu was obedient in so far as he wiped out the descendants of Ahab and the prophets of Baal, but he did not go far enough with his zeal for the Lord. He did not destroy the golden calves that were being worshiped in Bethel and Dan.
It is tempting at times to pat ourselves on the back when the Lord rescues us from temptation, or uses us to make an advance for His kingdom. While there is a place for celebrating victories, we must not ever forget that our obedience to Him is first of all simply what is expected of us, and secondly impossible for us to accomplish without His empowerment. In other words, it’s probably not wise to get a fat head about simply doing the bare minimum.
When we understand how following Jesus works, we soon realize it is impossible to become arrogant about our achievements because we really don’t have any. If we succeed, it is only because the Lord made it possible, so He gets the credit. When we fail, it is not His fault but ours. So at very best the most we can take credit for is our failures… while our successes we credit to the Holy Spirit’s empowering within us. If that seems unfair, consider that it actually works in our favor as it protects us from falling for the sin that caused Lucifer to rebel against God in the first place. One might even suggest that this kind of pride is typically the root cause of our disobedience as it causes us to assume that we have a better idea of how we ought to live than God does. We I become bigger that God in my own view – I usurp the place of God in my own mind. While I may be able to live in this delusion for some time, the love God has for me will continue to offer me opportunities to recognize the reality that there is only One God, and I am not Him. In my experience, the longer I try to keep the delusion alive, the more uncomfortable the transition back to reality becomes.