You Are The Man – Romans 5:12-21
Someone has said, “The early Christians did not say in dismay; ‘Look at what the world has come to,’ but in delight, ‘Look what has come to the world.’” They saw not merely the ruin, but the resources for the reconstruction of that ruin. They saw not merely that sin did abound, but that grace did much more abound. On that assurance, the pivot of history swung from blank despair, loss of moral nerve, and fatalism, to faith and confidence that at last sin had met its match. Something new had come into the world, not only here and there, but on a wide scale, men could attain to that once thought impossible thing, goodness. And not only goodness, but health of mind and body, rhythm and harmony in their total being.
That same sense of confidence must possess you if you are to pass from an anemic, noncreative, nay-saying type of person to one who is master of himself, his circumstances, and his destiny. But this confidence and faith must not be based on a self-hypnosis, a mental and spiritual fool’s paradise; it must be based on the solid confidence that your life is related to the sum total of reality, and that reality is working with you and not against you.
Ask yourself this question. Have I a faith in, and loyalty to, something beyond myself that gives ultimate meaning, coherence, and goal to life? And, is that something, God? Or, are there still areas of self-centeredness? Have I really shifted the center of my life from myself to God?
Don’t wait for some miracle to be performed on you from without, lifting you above your fears, doubts, and self-centeredness. You help God from within by showing love to others, and miraculously your fears, doubts, self-centeredness will vanish. The miracle starts from within, not from without.
The secret of abundant living can be summed up in this one sentence: “Not your responsibility, but your response to God’s ability.”
“Father God, my heart beats a little faster, my pulses throb in expectation at the prospect of being the person that I have felt I might be. That is my desire. I follow after You. Amen.”