Monday, January 25, 2010
Submission in Freedom
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Submission in Freedom
In the passage about the Tower of Babel, The Father Himself notes that when we as people are united, there is nothing we cannot do...that is, if we have a will to do it.
It's that beautiful gift He gave us, that free will in action. We truly can do anything we put our minds toward doing. It may take time. It may take sacrifice. It may not be easy, but we can do anything we are committed to do. And when we are joined..of a common language..."on the same page" as people like to say now, even Heaven can be in our sights.
These builders were doing what they could because they could. Why not, afterall? They had the means, the strength and the conviction to do it. Everyone agreed and participated according to their gift and input.
But no one asked God if they should.
Even today, we move in our own strength for various things. We pursue careers and avenues of service because we can. But, as children of the Most High God who have come into relationship through the Blood of Christ, we have a responsibility to ask the Father.
Just because I can do something, just because I am able, doesn't mean I should do that thing.
There is a popular song that says "what you won't do, you'll do for love." Some of us know all too well how true that statement is.
So, do you love the Lord enough to do what He says in your life even if it is contrary to what you want? Can you wait and follow a path laid out for you even if you really want to go another?
It doesn't have to be a choice between obvious good and obvious evil. What if it's a choice on how and where to serve? What if you want to stay at the church where your family has attended for years, but the Spirit is compelling you to move to another congregation? What if you truly are a blessed singer and long to make that your career, but the Spirit is telling you not to go after your dream?
In Jeremiah 29:11, the Lord spoke and said "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
He didn't say, 'I know the thoughts that YOU think of you.'
Saints, God loved you so much that He GAVE His only son. What will you do for your love of Him? Do you love Him enough to put His thoughts and His plans first? What you won't do, you'll do for love.
1 Corinthians 2:2
For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
-Sis. Stephanie Robinson
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