In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. Acts 17:30 (NIV)
My Way, Your Way
That’s what it came down to. I had to make a choice. I had to come to a decision. What choice did you need to make? What decision did you have to come to? I had to decide what kind of life I was going to live. Was I going to live my way or was I going to live your way? Tell me about that. I was living a self-centered, self-indulgent, self-prompting life with me at the center. I was on throne. I was the boss. I was in control or at least I thought so at the time. Everything revolved around me. I lived for comfort. I sought pleasure. I was independent, strong willed and stubborn. No one could tell me anything. I followed my own counsel. I listened to my own advice. I went where I wanted to go. I did what I wanted to do. Did you enjoy this life that you were living? For a time, I thought that I did. But I was wrong. How so? I was living a sinful life that led me into brokenness. There is no truer statement than, “The wages of sin is death.” How do you know that to be true? I was living a pain filled life that was without hope. I was suffering the natural consequences of the way that I was living. Yes, you were. But the story does not end there. No, it doesn’t.
What happened to you? My pain and suffering and brokenness caused me to cry out to you. I asked you to show yourself to me, if you were real. Did I show myself to you? Yes, you did. I now know that you had been pursing me. You would not let me go. You would not let me live a life without you. It was your plan to rescue me from a life without you. So, what happened to you? I reached rock bottom. I asked for your help. I said that I wanted to follow you. I told you that I want you to be my Savior. I asked you to come into my life. I asked for forgiveness of my sin. I told you that I would allow you to turn my life around. I said that I would no longer live my way and that I wanted to live your way. Yes, you did. That is what you have been doing these many years. Do you have any regrets? Do you have any second thoughts? None, whatsoever. You are my Savior and Lord. It is my pleasure and joy to live my life your way. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask me. I am fully devoted to you. Why is that? I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. That is very good. Yes, it is.
Lord, I believe in you. I have turned away from my old life. You are my Savior and Lord. I want to live the new life you have secured for me. Do your work in me. Change my heart. Transform my mind. Help me to follow and serve you with all that is within me. Amen
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