I Surrender All? Sunday, April 21st 2013
"Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,"
Are you surrendered to God's will for your life? I believe many of us would eagerly say "yes" because we desire to be obedient to God. Of course, the question gets a little hard when you add, "Even if it involves suffering?" This is where the rubber meets the road and where we have to ask ourselves the hard questions. After all, comfort is nice, but in order to experience life to the fullest, we need to trust and walk out God's plan, not our own.
In the life of Paul, we have a front row seat to a life dedicated to the Lord--no matter what. Paul had been mocked, beaten, shipwrecked and more, yet he remained obedient without batting an eye. How? Why? Because he loved God and knew that a life dedicated to Jesus would mean that he'd endure sufferings like our Lord did. So with that in mind, I'll ask again, "Are you surrendered to God's will for your life?" Then get moving and watch God do amazing things in your life.
Life Lesson: Exercising our faith requires action, especially during difficult times.
I am so grateful for Your grace and mercy. Lord, I don't want to be content with a life of comfort. I desire to be obedient to Jesus even if it means suffering. Give me the strength to endure and the faith to trust in You no matter the cost. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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