Am I open and available for God to help Himself to me? Is my life readily prepared as a living sacrifice acceptable to my Lord for His use? What is it in my life that I love more than God? What am I holding onto that I should be letting go, and what have let go that I should’ve held onto?
Asking ourselves these kinds of questions is good. It helps us know where we stand. More importantly, it makes us think. Because it all comes down to this: are we running the show or our lives, or is God. If He is not, we will begin to ask ourselves these kinds of questions. Why? Because we already know the answers, but will not yet accept them.
The bottom line for me is that I want to be fully surrendered to Christ’s Lordship, by the Holy Spirit, under the authority and by the power of God the Father. I want to be His servant, called upon for His purposes. Anything less and anything more is pride and conceit, which I’m all too good at by now.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet, not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.
Paul is constrained and compelled to serve Christ, because He has been dead with Christ unto sin and resurrected with Christ unto what Peter calls, “a lively hope”. It is not Paul who lives according to God’s will, but the Holy Spirit living through Paul, guiding him into all truth, glorifying Jesus, and convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement. I want to be live Paul: constrained by the call.
I would stay and expound, but I’ve got a busy day. Next on the agenda is NaNoWriMo writing for my story this month. If you want to check out the progress of that, you can do so by clicking here.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist