It’s Not About Me
Acts 16 is full of people who practiced disciplined obedience and submission
Submitting To God’s Agenda
Timothy submitted to circumcision
The Lord called Timothy to circumcision—and he submitted to the painful process because the call to reach others with the Love of Christ was more important to him than his own comfort—even more important than his own body
Result: So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily
Paul follows God’s instructions to go to Macedonia even though it was not his original plan:
Result: Many families and people came to know the Lord.
Paul and Silas remain in jail and don’t try to escape.
Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”
It would have been easy for Paul and Silas to escape thinking God instigated another miraculous jailbreak. But to them, the lives of others were more important than their own personal freedom and comfort. This shows such discernment and discipline. The circumstances said, “escape.” But love said, “Stay for the sake of this one soul.” They were not guided merely by circumstances, but acted in total selfless love.
Result: The jailor’s whole family was saved.
God never promises that he will make our path easy or light. He never promises that we won’t be tried and put to the test. He never promises that we won’t be hurt or even beaten or face terrible trouble. But He does promise to walk with us and to to be with us always. God calls us to radically be about others before ourselves. And our job is merely, praise and acknowledge God in all circumstances.. This is our posture. We are not to look for the easy path—we are to discern the divine path that God has called us to walk—We are not to seek our own comfort but we are called to be a comfort and light to others—even sometimes at great cost to our own detriment.
Lord, help me to put myself and my own needs for comfort and security behind me so that I can reach all the people who you call me to. I need the courage and strength and perspective and discernment of the Holy Spirit alive in me because I can’t do that on my own. I so easily default to what is easy or comfortable and I so quickly justify my choices. Lord, bring conviction to me when I’m making life about ME and not about YOU.
Laying down my own agenda,