Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

With all that is taking place in our world today it makes me scratch my head. I’m not sure where things are going at this point, but I know that I want things to move in a direction that will take us to Christ.

Yet it is going to take something more than just going to church on Sunday or having our name on a church roll. It will be more than just saying that we are going to live for Christ, we must truly live for Him. Making Christ the center of all we do will cause us to lay aside the old and put on the new.

I confess that there are times when I try to do things the way they need to be done, but then I fall short. I don’t surrender in the way that I should. I hold on to some of the things that I need to turn loose of so that I can hold to Christ.

I don’t think I am alone in this. In fact, I would say that I am one of many who goes through this. Our desire is to follow Christ, but we somehow pick and choose what we will do and ultimately give up to follow Him.

In Philippians 1:21 the apostle Paul wrote – “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Paul knew that as long as he had breath, it was his calling to serve the Lord. Sure, it had been a long journey for him.

He had persecuted early Christians and stood against Christ. He had done all he could to take people away from the direction God was leading them. He wanted the cause of Christ to be silenced and life to return to normal - whatever normal was.

But when Paul met Jesus his life was turned upside down. He sought to share the Good News of Jesus with everyone he met and everywhere he went. He even ran into opposition because of his previous actions. The early church didn’t trust him. Yet he continued on.

That is what is needed today. We need to move forward in our walk with the Lord in such a way that He is the focus of all that we do. We need to surrender our hearts, lives and all that we are to Him so that He might be able to not only live in us, but live through us.

John Wesley once said, “I am no longer my own, but Yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whoever you will, put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed for You or laid aside for You, exalted for You or brought low for You. Let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing and now, Oh, Father, You are mine, I am Yours. So be it”

He was out of control. He had surrendered his control to God! His desire was for God to be in control and use him so that the glory would be God’s and people would come to know Christ. Truth is, that is what Paul said – “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

I guess what we have to determine is where are we going to take our stand. Will we stand with Christ? Will we surrender our control to God? Will we be the one that people look at and say – “They are out of control!”

It won’t be any easier for us than it was for the apostle Paul. Truth is we don’t need easy, we need Jesus.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul