Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Monday, 10 November 2014

Who Decides In Your Life?

Many of Paul's letters are written to churches he established and is no longer with but this letter is the opposite. He has never been to visit them but very much wants to. I was actually going to skip over this section from verse 7 to 15 where he is giving his greetings to them and expressing how much he wants to visit. However I'd like to pause for a moment on verses 9 and 10. In verse 9 he tells them how he prays for them regularly and then in verse 10 he says... he asks God to be able to visit them
"making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you."
I want you to notice he doesn't say he is searching for the money to come see them or looking for the time. What is preventing him is not circumstances. I may want to go see a friend but circumstances I can't change may prevent me. This is not the case with Paul. He began this letter by saying "I am a servant of Jesus Christ". He is not a slave because slaves are owned and have no choice. Paul has chosen to be a servant and he takes it very seriously. By becoming a servant he has set aside his right to run his own life. When you read the book of Acts you see how Paul moves from place to place not by choice or by chance or even by design. He simply follows God's leading. The fact he is a servant does not mean he doesn't have his own desires and will. It just means God's will comes first.
As a result Paul is telling the church in Rome "I really want to come and see you and if it was up to me I'd have come already but God has other plans for me right now. When He says I can come I will."
What about us? Have we handed the steering wheel of our lives over to God? If Today He asked us to do something that is not on our own list of things to do would we do it? If He asked us to cross off something from our list that we were eager to do would we do it? Have we even allowed Him to get close enough to us to even be able to hear His voice and know what His plans for us are?
Fear is what causes us to keep God at arms length. The Gospel is the antidote to our fears. We'll get to those words and definitions we talked about yesterday tomorrow. God had other plans Today.
See you tomorrow if it is His will.

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