“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,”
Not my will but Thy will.
Jesus yielded all to his Father.
Paul wanted the same.
Submission to God.
This was his goal. He knew that no one reached the utter most call of God without that same submission, whether it led to physical death or not. He wanted to be totally willing to do whatever God wanted. This is the meaning of dying to myself.
Now I feel a bit foolish. My daily routine asks the smallest of sacrifices. God likely will not be sending me to the cross or even into stormy weather. Yielding my will today is far from what it’s like for a missionary in a country that hates Christians, I’m only looking at chores that are not as much fun as leisure.
The other side of my attitude is about personal ambition. Once I had lots of it. Now God calls me to intercessory prayer. It is a largely hidden ministry. I’m mostly alone and often misunderstood, But that’s okay! I know it is where I am to be. God is teaching me to rely on him, to listen and obey what He says. No excuses. No complaining, but to trust him rather than my own abilities.
I am thankful for this beautiful day and the simple things in life. And I do pray for the persecuted church around the globe and in our own back yard for grace to abound more and more.
May I respond to His voice.
Just a thought for this day. Be Blessed !!