Jesus made it very clear that it is not possible to serve both God and the things of man. No man can serve two masters, just as no one can honestly love two husbands or wives. The decision to make Jesus Lord in our lives is not merely a catchy phrase but rather a deliberate decision that mightily impacts the rest of our lives.
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding .
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths ." Proverbs 3:5, 6
To REALLY trust in the Lord, we must consciously do two very important things. First we must not lean on own understanding, ability, skills etc, and secondly we must acknowledge Him in ALL our ways. If we do these two things, the promise of God is that He will direct our paths (lead us in the right direction).
Getting lost is neither fun nor pleasant. At the very least it is a waste of time but can end up being extremely dangerous and perhaps even life threatening. In years gone by, people depended on their instincts and maps to find their way. Now days people depend on their GPS. I have heard countless times of how a GPS unit led someone to the wrong destination or to the middle of nowhere.
It has always amazed me how swallows, hummingbirds and robins find their way back each spring without the help of signs, maps or directions. Innumerable times dogs and cats have managed to make it home after ending up hundreds of miles away. If God can direct the path of a tiny bird can He not direct our paths?
As we travel through this life, we are confronted by innumerable opportunities to make the wrong turn, get turned around or end up stuck in the mud or in a snow bank. Deciding what to do, where to go, when to leave and who to take along are major decisions which necessitate the utmost in diligence to make sure the decisions are right.
Thankfully God does not demand perfection when it comes to this matter when it comes to our salvation. In the formula for getting saved found in Romans 10:9, the requirement is confessing that Jesus IS Lord. Making Jesus OUR Lord takes time, study, experience and a deliberate decision.
Instead of sending our plans and desires up to the Lord for His approval, we need to learn how to send our needs up to Him for direction and guidance. Learning to NOT lean upon (depend on) our own understanding is vital to being able to acknowledge Him in we do.
Making Jesus Lord in our lives demands the sacrifice of our selfish desires upon His altar. When we can reach the point where we say "Thy will be done" instead of demanding ours comes to pass; that is when we can walk in the glorious freedom absolute trust in Him brings.
[quote]Making Jesus Lord in our lives demands the sacrifice of our selfish desires upon His altar. When we can reach the point where we say "Thy will be done" instead of demanding ours comes to pass; that is when we can walk in the glorious freedom absolute trust in Him brings. [/quote]
If God would have done things my way over the past few years, I would not be sitting where I am today. To the casual viewer, I suppose in some respects it might seem like I am cursed. You are aware of my journey over the past few years so you know this to be true. Yet, looks can be deceiving can't they, B2Y. LOL!
On the one hand, I would not be sitting where I am today but on the other hand I would be missing out on where I am sitting today. What I am trying to say is out of my greatest period of physical struggles has come some of my greatest blessings, ones which I would not have missed out on for the world and I am enjoying to this day. In other words, the good which God has for us (and I realize I am only just beginning to reap it) far outweighs any adversity we may face. We must never forget it. Thanks for the reminder.
I really enjoyed this and not to mention that a GPS can lead you into circles as well. Seen it happen.
Yes I am not the driver, I am hopeless at that and will just get lost anyway. Sigh and I am a junky now totally hooked on Jesus Christ.