June 21, 2020

Bob Maas
"What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!"
Romans 7:24-25
"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
Colossians 3:1-3

I never liked being told what to do. If I was in the process of doing a task that I wanted to do and someone told me that I had to do it, the work became a burden. Even though I may have enjoyed the activity previously, it was no longer a choice and I resented the person who made it a chore. In many ways I had the same problem with God. When I started following Jesus, I was grateful for being set free but I still didn’t like being told what to do. Even though the commands were good and were designed to guide me into a harmonious relationship with the Lord and others, I resisted them. It took many years for me to surrender my will to Him and yield my desire to be in control of the events in my life. It wasn’t until I made a conscious decision to trust Him completely that I found peace and joy in every circumstance, whether it was perceived by me as good or bad. Now I have a hunger and thirst for fellowship with Him that is more powerful than my desire to have my way. It is my choice to surrender to what is and confess that Jesus Christ is my sovereign Lord!