As I walk my Christian path, I wonder if I truly get what that means. Then I read a passage like verse 1 of Romans and realize that I have no idea. 1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God
Romans 1:1 (NKJV)
A bondservant, a slave. The greek used was doulos and it meant slave. Here was Paul saying to the Romans, many of whose citizens were slaves, hat he had willing given up his freedom and chose to be a slave to soemthing. He let go all control and followed Christ.
I can tell you that I am in no way doing that. I want to, but thus far have failed miserably. Most others have excusses like Paul, was single, he was focused, he was single-minded, he had means, etc., as if that somehow lets us off the hook. I know that I have used them. Isn't it time we all listened to Paul's words and became that willing slave to Christ and the Gospel?
Derek, just my two cents: When we give up and surrender to God, then He is first and foremost on our mind. We are to meditate day and night on God. Instead, of watching tv or playing games on the computer, we should be reading the Word of God. It takes all of our heart to truly seek Jesus. The Holy Spirit changes us, the more we focus on Godly matters the more The Holy Spirit can change us, change does not happen by the force of our will. Instead of worry about whatever is going on in the physical world, we should focus on God. Often, this will lead us to focus on another person's needs not our needs. I transport sick people to their dr appointments, these people have huge needs, they are poor, sick and many are without intimate knowledge of Jesus. I always talk about Jesus to these people, even if they confess to be saved, because while their needs will be met in Heaven, they need to seek Jesus to have their needs met now! Awesome post!
Very good Saul. I am one of those people that really gets caught in the world sometimes and I need to be reminded that I need to be a slave to God. Thanks yuo for the post and the encouragement tht I got out of it.
In many ways, I am more fortunate than most, in that having been a quadrapalygic, healed by Christ, I know that without Him I can accomplish nothing, without Him I would be dead by now. I do go back in memory to the days when I was a quadrapalygic, because I never ever want to forget where I have been and what He has done for me. To this day I am not as strong (as in muscle) as a normal man, and that is fine by me!! In my weakness God shows His awesome Power. My wife is stronger than I am.......lol! But when I need muscular strength than the Holy Spirit is there and I take no credit for it. Two weeks after my healing, out of absolute need, I built a 7' 0" high fence about 300 feet in length. I didn't even have the strength to lift the hammer to drive the T-posts into the ground, but I was given the strength to do it, by the Holy Spirit. Nothing is to small a thing or to great a thing for Our God. Since, my miraculous healing, I have been healed of other things not because of anything I've done, at all. But because Jesus died for us to have the provision of healing. The glasses I used to need to read are sitting to the right side of me as I write this. Praise to the Lord!!!