Thin-Skinned To God
We ought to be thin-skinned to the will of God. It should break our hearts when we break His. And we ought to be thick-skinned to other influences. Early in our Christian walk God often provides Godly men who are examples of Himself. It is appropriate to be sensitive to them for a time but maturing Christians will learn to transfer their sensitivity to God Himself.
Philippians 3:17: Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
An ensample or an example is not the real thing. Examples are meant to help us to learn about the real thing. At some point we must go beyond the examples to the real thing. A Christian who has been a good example will himself have set an example of dependence, first upon God, then somewhat upon Godly men, then upon God Himself.
Jesus called Himself an example.
John 13:15: For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
One of the most significant ways in which Jesus was our example was in submission of His will to the will of His Father.
Luke 22:42: Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
Jesus example in this area is important because our self-will is our biggest problem. Self-will fights God*s will. It is sin and it causes sin. Self-will is unbelief in God. Self-will claims moments, days, months, years and even lifetimes for self.
When we first come to faith in God there is a change in our will. We begin to agree with His will and submit to it. The more we want to do our best as Christians, the more we will need His will to overrule ours.
To get there (My Utmost for His Highest) is a question of will, not of debate nor or reasoning, but a surrender of will, an absolute and irrevocable surrender on that point. An overweening consideration for ourselves is the thing that keeps us from that decision, though we put it that we are considering others. When we consider what it will cost others if we obey the call of Jesus, we tell God He does not know what our obedience will mean. Keep to the point. He does know. Shut out every other consideration and keep yourself before God for this one thing only . . . I am determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and for Him alone . . . If . . . crisis has come to you on any line, surrender your will to Him absolutely and irrevocably.