The “not self-willed” Person

The last thing I ever thought I’d be is a pastor. I had no aspiration to do so. So it is not by my will that I am here. That is a good thing.

For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. Titus 1:7-9

Not self-willed!
Everyone has self-will. It is what keeps each person going – the will to live and the will to survive.
Some people are more self-willed than others.

I’ve met people that are strong willed for themselves. They will do just about anything to get their way.
I can be that way as a pastor. I want to see the church head a certain direction but many times that may be for my benefit and not that of the entire body.
As a Christian, each person must live according to Philippians 2:4

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phil 2:4

The servant of Christ must give his will to another.

Romans 12: 1-2 says to present yourself to God, which is not a self-willed move. The whole reason being to…

prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Rom 12:2

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed,

“Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Luke 22:42

Jesus could not be self-willed and face the cross. A follower of Christ must live by the will of God and not his own.

To live for God’s will is to live a more fulfilling life. It would be very beneficial to get up every day and ask, “Father, what do you want me to do today?”

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