“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1
“Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God;
Your Spirit is good.
Lead me in the land of uprightness.” Psalm 143:10
When the Lord gave me a work project, I was excited at first. Well, sort of. I was excited about the prospect of the end result. I was moderately okay with the project itself. But once I got started, yuck. Ugh. Ick. I hated it. Administrative work was the bulk of it – at least until the administrative part would be done. I worked one day on it for as long as the Lord desired – then thankfully stopped when He said I was done. The next morning was a different matter.
He made it abundantly clear I needed to pick up where I had left off and press on with the project. He had already made it clear He didn’t want me to ask people to help me with it though I had thought it would be a wonderful idea to lay the burden on someone else’s shoulders! When He made it abundantly clear it was time for me to move forward, I made it abundantly clear what was in my heart.
I DON’T WANT TO DO THIS LORD!
Talk about PRIDE and SELFISHNESS. I was thinking about ME, not THE LORD! About pleasing ME, not pleasing JESUS! About wanting the Lord to submit to MY PLANS instead of HUMBLY LOVINGLY SUBMITTING TO HIS PLANS!
So there it was. My confession. To Him. And now to you. Obviously the only way to handle the situation would be to refuse to do it to satisfy the lust of my flesh and tell the Lord He would have to pick something else for me to do, right? WRONG! But why? Surely I could get away with disobedience. With refusing to submit to Him. With simply waiting until I had a better alternative. There’s no getting away with anything with the Lord, for He sees it all right down to our very thoughts in our heart. But that’s not the point!
Friend, I knew what I needed to do. It’s the same thing you need to do. That we all need to do. I needed to REPENT of the PRIDE and SELFISHNESS and WILLFULNESS. I needed to DIE TO SELF. I needed to DENY SELF. I needed to FORSAKE WHAT I WANTED. I needed to SAY NO TO ME. I needed to SAY YES TO JESUS. To submit to God almighty. To surrender all to Him. To yield myself utterly to Him and His will. And I needed to do this with a HUMBLE HEART and THANKSGIVING – i.e. with the right attitude rather than an attitude of self-pity and bitterness!
Why? BECAUSE JESUS CHRIST IS LORD FOREVER.
Some of us like to think of Jesus Christ as our Savior knowing those who repent and believe in Him as Lord and that He died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, truly committing our lives to Him, are given everlasting life. Sure, He’s our Savior, we think. But when it comes to JESUS CHRIST IS LORD FOREVER, some of us want to shirk our responsibilities in the sense that HE IS ALSO OUR LORD! The responsibility of BELONGING TO CHRIST, of BEING A CHILD OF GOD, of BEING A SERVANT OF THE LORD, of SUBMITTING TO HIS LORDSHIP – now and forever!
Jesus Christ is LORD – AND HE IS SAVIOR!
We who receive His awesome salvation are to surrender ourselves to HIS GLORIOUS LORDSHIP! The two go hand in hand.
What the Lord wanted me to do that day was actually very small in the grand scheme of things. But that’s not the point. No matter how big or small it is that the Lord desires of us, our response should always be this.
For He is SAVIOR! And He is LORD! Forevermore!