I was busy doing the Lord only knows what as I can’t even remember now that I write this when the Lord all of a sudden impressed on my heart that I needed to go immediately to my computer to write a message He had just given me for my Good News Daily devotional writing. I confess I had a bit of hesitation but I knew better as He works on me continually about learning and choosing to hear and obey Him rather than to hold back. I went to the computer to write. Sometime in those few minutes it dawned on me that I had been interrupted by God – or so I thought. So I pridefully thought to be perfectly honest and precise.
God didn’t interrupt me, my friend. God was being God. The Lord was being Lord. Telling His daughter and servant what He wanted me to do when He wanted me to do it according to His will, His plan, for His purpose and glory. Do you see? I in my pride and arrogance had the audacity to think that God telling me to do something was an interruption to my plans. Yes, my plans. My agenda. When in fact a follower of Christ, a disciple of Christ, a servant of Christ, a daughter of Christ BELONGS TO CHRIST. And, as such, every moment of my life is to be submitted, surrendered, yielded, consecrated, committed to Jesus. So when the Lord has something for me to do, I need to do it. Not accusing God almighty of interrupting me. But humbly, lovingly, reverently submitting to Him and choosing to obey – the Lord. Yes, Lord.
Think this is just about me? It isn’t. This message is for all of us. For we all if we’re honest with ourselves are works in progress who need to ever learn how to more fully devote our lives to the Lord. In humility. Love. Faithfulness. And obedience. I encourage you, friend, to strive to devote yourself fully, wholly, moment by moment, to the Lord Jesus Christ. Now. And forever. AMEN!
Oh Father, forgive me for my pride. The more I see how despicable my sin is, the more I want to be rid of it. The more I want your forgiveness. And to not fall back into it. The more I want to please you. I am so sorry for my pride in all the ways I find it manifests. Lord, I am surely not alone in this. Forgive us all for our pride! Help us to learn to humble ourselves before you. Help us to live lives of love for you and of obedience to you. Help us to not see your will as interrupting OUR lives. Instead, remind us dear Father that we who believe in you, Jesus, as Lord, belong to you. Grow us in your image and ways, dear Lord, AMEN!
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:20