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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 28, 2010 - An Open Door

By Jerry Scott

How my will and God’s will intersect is not always crystal clear for me. Bev and I were talking about some life-changing decisions we’ve made in the past — accepting new positions, relocating to a different church. What part did God’s will play in those choices and what part did we play?

Even though we shared in those decisions, we saw them differently. At various times one of us saw God leading, while the other viewed the choice as human will in operation. One move from long ago Bev labeled “impulsive” on my part, while I called it an obedient response to God’s leading.

To a degree, we both are right. How can I say that? Because I am convinced that both of the following statements are true despite the apparent contradiction: God rules the affairs of my life, and I have the freedom to cooperate or resist His will.

The story of Mary, mother of Jesus, illustrates the point. God sends His messenger to tell her of His plan that she should give birth to the Savior of the world. Could she have refused this calling? The Scripture implies that she had that power. Here’s an excerpt of the story. “The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’ ... The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus’ ” (Luke 1:28,30,31, NIV). “ ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as you have said.’ Then the angel left her” (Luke 1:38).

God opened the door to an impossibility; Mary stepped through it. Her obedience to the plan of the Lord was difficult and raised questions for which she had no answer. When her Son was born and shepherds showed up to tell of angels in the skies announcing that a “Savior has been born to you,” she heard them and “kept thinking about all this and wondering what it meant” (Luke 2:19, CEV).

Believer, if we wait until we have all the answers, until we have plotted the whole course from start to finish, before we engage ourselves to do the will of God, we will accomplish little for Him in this life! Sometimes all He gives us is the promise of His Presence to guide and an open door! Like Mary, we need to humbly say, “I am the Lord’s servant!” and step through the door. Some will say we have been impulsive. Others will see us as bold. Some will call us foolish, while others will praise God for our vision! All of that matters little if we are living in humble obedience, seeking to know and do His will from day to day.

Are you?

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Washington (N.J.) Assembly of God.

 

 

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