Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 9:19-22
Saul had spent a lot of time on his own plan. He had made it his mission to destroy the early church and was making a lot of headway with that plan. But then Jesus comes and meets him on the road to Damascus. After that Saul is never the same. Saul chooses into God’s mission. One of bringing freedom and healing to people through the message of Jesus.
Most days I wake up with my own plan. I have to figure out how I am going to do all the dishes and play with my five kids and make lunches and so on. And my plan isn’t evil, I have good motives, but it is still “my plan”. This morning I was reading the first few verses of Romans, chapter 12.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
That last part hit me in a new way. I can only know God’s will for my life when I offer Him me. I may have laundry coming out my ears but God may have something bigger for me to accomplish today. And I need to choose into letting Him run my day. Only when I encounter Jesus and submit to His will can I fully choose in to His plan.Holy Spirit, I am sorry for having my plan run my life. Your plans are always better, always sweeter. I offer myself up to you. I choose to sacrifice my plans so I can fully embrace Yours. I want to have an encounter with You today. I want you to change me.
Diving In is our online mid-week devotional. It jumps into the message from Sunday and takes you a little deeper. Take a moment to slow down from your busy day, and hear from the Holy Spirit. We re-post every Wednesday. You can follow along by clicking the +Follow button in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Diving In is written by Erika Thornton (Pastor Jonathan’s wife). Erika loves helping other people experience who they are in Christ and helping them pursue His plans for them. In her free time she loves playing with her five kids and painting.