I had to do it

“For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, I am compelled to preach.  Woe to me, if I do not preach the gospel!”  1 Corinthians 9:16.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Joshua 18-20 and 1 Corinthians 9.

Paul preached because he believed that it was what God wanted him to do.

God had given him the drive and ability to preach.  Paul couldn’t take any credit for any of it.

I believe that God has things for His followers to do.  If we get a sense of what He wants, then He will give us the determination and ability to serve Him well.

What does He want me doing?  How do I find out?  I cannot make rash assumptions.  I am not going to be a player in the NBA.  Why?  I’m old and I’m 5’7”!

I believe that we start by rightly representing Him WHEREVER we are.  The mission field is not something we have to GO to.  It’s in our midst.  Our wife.  Our neighbor. Our children.

We must desire, with all our hearts, to please Him.  If I have the right attitude, I am certain that He will give me more than enough opportunities to do things He wants done.

“Lord, have Your Way with me.  I cling to You.  I love You for all You have given me.  Forgive me for seeking recognition for work done.  Enable me to serve silently.  To serve because I’m serving You.  I owe You everything.  I love You, Lord.”

Paul couldn’t keep quiet.  Do we “quietly” follow Him?


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