“2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.” NIV
‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life.’
What are you going to do with it? Not only today, but the rest of your ‘’earthly life’’ I mean?
In what we refer to as ‘the Lord’s prayer’, Jesus taught His disciples to pray:
‘’…your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’’
The sweetest place in all the world in which to live is right in the centre of God’s will. Yet some people seem to fear that His will is the worst possible thing that could happen to them.
Not all ‘’human desires’’ are wrong. Desire is part of being human, and we have many positive and healthy wants/appetites. Our problem is with the ‘’evil’’ stuff. This is what we repent of at the outset of the life of discipleship. But also, we need to keep on repenting throughout our journey. Day by day we will find ourselves in need of ‘course correction’.
In an excellent book for pastors entitled, ‘The care of souls’, Harold L. Senkbeil writes:
‘ So for as long as he lives the pastor, like other children of God, treads the path of continual repentance and faith on his own personal pilgrimage back home to the Father’s house…This daily dying to sin and rising to new life through faith in Christ is the pivotal hinge in every Christians life…’
Yes, this verse applies to us all. It’s challenging. It’s also encouraging. For even if we messed up yesterday, today there can be a mid-course correction, as we realign our lives with the compass set to doing God’s will.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, I honestly do not want to spend one moment of the rest of my life outside of you will. Please have your way in me.