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What Shall I Do Lord? part 4
We often think of the Lord as the Lord in whom we delight. We like to call Him Lord - but we do not often think of Him in the sense of a despot; we don’t like to think about Jesus as having complete mastery over us. We don’t like the thought of being a mastered, subdued, subjugated, people.
Yet listen to what Simeon was saying. He sees himself so committed to the Lord that he has no freedom without permission. “Now Lord, (despot) let Thy bond-servant depart in peace, according to Thy Word.” Simeon had held the Baby Jesus in his hands. He had seen his salvation. He had seen the consolation of Israel for Whom he had been waiting all these years for. Yet in light of all of that he still asks permission to depart in peace. He wanted to go to heaven. He said, “My life is complete, I have seen the Messiah,” yet he still does not make any demands on the Lord Himself. He is completely subjected to the Will of God. He sees Him as the Lord of his life. It’s this "Lord" that we see being crucified in Mark 15. However, it’s because of the fact that He is Lord that we should seek to be as committed to Him as we can.
Life can only be definite, meaningful, and unified if it is mastered by one Master. The reason life is often divided, distracted, and lacks cohesion is from the lack of having just one Master. Either we are trying to be our own masters or we are allowing ourselves to be mastered by all sorts of interests, in which case we have several masters. Subsequently, we play into the hands of the forces that are at work to destroy our lives.
Our great need is to have one Master. But that requires a death. In order for Jesus to be my master I must die to self. I cannot allow the forces of self-preservation to override my need to humble myself. We need to find ourselves in complete subjection to Christ in what Paul describes as being apprehended by Christ. That was Paul’s understanding of his conversion. One day the Lord put His hands on Paul and in essence said, “OK Paul, now I have you, what will you do about it?” Paul responds to him in Acts 22:10 with, “What shall I do Lord?” WSIDL! “What shall I do Lord? “
From that time, Paul called himself the bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and the one thing that concerned him was to be in subjection to Christ. How troubled are you about being subjected to Christ? Paul wanted to make sure that Jesus was absolutely Lord. If it is not like that, life will be a confusion, a civil war inside of ourselves. Unless there is one absolute Master, life will be a misfit, we shall have missed the very thing for which God made us.
Look at the life of Paul before he met Christ. He was making a havoc of his own life as well as of the life of many others while he was in rebellion against the Lord. That became perfectly clear after the Lord got mastery of his life. Whenever there is a lack of mastery by the Lord Jesus Christ the forces of the enemy become the drive behind our activities. Satan was the driving force in Paul’s life when self-preservation reigned supreme in his life. Paul thought he was his own master, but he was being driven, he was helpless before the drive of this evil power. More and more that power of evil was fastening on him and driving him on, involving great cost to himself and to those around him.
Medication: A Merry Heart
A nun who worked for a local home health care agency was out making her rounds when she ran out of gas. As luck would have it there was a station just down the street. She walked to the station to borrow a can with enough gas to start the car and drive to the station for a fill up.
The attendant regretfully told her that the only can he owned had just been loaned out, but if she would care to wait he was sure it would be back shortly.
Since the nun was on the way to see a patient she decided not to wait and walked back to her car. After looking through her car for something to carry to the station to fill with gas, she spotted a bedpan she was taking to the patient. Always resourceful, she carried it to the station, filled it with gasoline, and carried it back to her car.
As she was pouring the gas into the tank of her car two men walked by. One of them turned to the other and said: “Now that’s what I call faith!”
God Bless, Press On!
New Beginnings Church, New Ulm
Verse of the Week: Acts 1:8 CSB
Today’s readings: Proverbs 16 – 18