I’ll admit, sometimes when I’m reading scripture, I can become overwhelmed. Simply because, as I’m reading, all I can see is an itemized invoice of my life and my choices instead of an invitation to serve Jesus. But an invitation to serve Jesus is what we find all throughout the Bible. The invitation to humble ourselves before the Lord and remain faithful to Him.
We are not promised an easy, suffering-free life on this side of Heaven, but we are promised a suffering-free eternity when we choose Jesus over everything else.

“so as to live for the rest of time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.” 1 Peter 4:2

That section of scripture is titled Stewards of God’s Grace in my Bible, and I just love the simplicity of something we are so quick to complicate. When we choose the will of God above our human passions, we are stewarding God’s grace. The choices we make each day, no matter how big or small, should be made keeping the will of God in mind above our own gain.

This can be so hard to do on our own. But we’re not being asked to live a life surrendered to Jesus in our own strength and will power. We are invited to join with Jesus in what He’s already doing and surrender our will to Him. When we keep Jesus at the center, our aim is not to do more or be better. Our aim is to be more like Him.

But when it comes to living for the Kingdom of God, we cannot steward what we don’t first surrender. We must be willing to lay aside our pride, our passions, our sufferings, our comforts, our plans, our all for Jesus. We must fix our posture. This is where our knees meet the ground at the feet of Jesus each day, as many times as necessary, with hands lifted high, as we humble ourselves in complete surrender to His will. It is from that humble posture of heart before the Lord where we are able to serve Him and live for His will above our own.

Sweet friend, if you find yourself trying to steward what you haven’t yet surrendered today, fix your posture. He wants all of you.

Pray with me.

Dear Heavenly Father, I want to steward well what You have given me, but I cannot do that apart from You. Forgive me for the times I run ahead of You and get busy doing my will instead of surrendering to Yours. Humble me and keep me dependent on You, whatever it takes. Help my aim to be You and transform me to be more like You each day. Thank You for Your grace and that it is always enough. I love You, Jesus. Amen.