Tan: Rest and re­flect (Part 2)

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORY! - REV. ARNEL TAN

13 Look here, you who say, “To­day or to­mor­row we are go­ing to a cer­tain town and will stay there a year. We will do busi­ness there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like to­mor­row? Your life is like the morn­ing fog— it’s here a lit­tle while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”

char ge. Je­sus! Let Him rule your life and shape your des­tiny and be the wis­dom of your de­ci­sions. Mean­while, do not as­sume that you know many things. Do not as­sume that you will live long. Do not act like you’re in charge. God is in

Ap­ply­ing a God-hon­or­ing prin­ci­ple

What you ought to say is “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that. Eu­gene Peter­son puts it like this “If the mas­ter wills it and I am still alive.” This com­mand of God through James makes real sense not only when we re­cite it but when we mean it, be­lieve it, and gra­ciously de­clare it to oth­ers.

Ø Say it and re­ally mean it

Ø Say it and truly like it

Ø Say it and openly be­lieve it

Ø Say it and faith­fully live it

Tucked along with this biblical prin­ci­ple are ben­e­fits that have a last­ing ef­fect. It re­moves the un­nec­es­sary pres­sure and in­tro­duces a real sense of peace and in­ner free­dom. Let me enu­mer­ate them by say­ing and believ­ing James’in­struc­tions about the state­ment “If the Mas­ter wills it and I’m still alive.”

Ø No need to be in a hurry al­ways

Ø No need to worry

Ø No need to bully oth­ers

Ø No need to be sorry

Be­fore you stop read­ing this ar­ti­cle, I sug­gest you sin­cerely pray and ask God the fol­low­ing:

1. Ask God to re­veal all tol­er­ated ar­ro­gances lurk­ing in our hearts?

2. As God re­veals spe­cific is­sues, con­fess and re­pent. 3. Ask God to show you how short life re­ally is? 4. Ask God to help you re­mem­ber... “If the Lord wills it and I’m still alive”

Thanks for read­ing what I have writ­ten straight from my heart to yours. If the Mas­ter wills it and I’m still alive, I will write again this year. Amen.

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