Not Self-willed

not-my-willTitus 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;

Paul writes to Titus a list of character qualities for preachers. They range from money, to violence, to child rearing, and even touch on anger management. But if we meditate upon this passage, one quality sums them all up. Paul says that a bishop is not to be “self-willed”. This is the mind of Christ, Who said “Not my will, but thine be done.”

Naturally, I am selfish. Naturally, I want “my will be done”. But if, like Christ, “my meat is to do the will of Him that sent me”, when my will and God’s collide, I’ll surrender mine to His. When petty things of life come up that irk me, I’ll be ok, realizing that the Lord might have brought them into my path to teach me patience, which leads to godliness and holiness. If I live a “not my will” life, I’ll be willing to step outside of my comfort zone to be what He wants me to be or do what He wants me to do. I’ll be willing to put my plans aside to meet the needs of others He wants me to help.

Today, might we lead a life that is not self-willed, for as I surrender my will to His, many other things on the “list” will take care of themselves.

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