Theme of the Week: The Art of Surrender
Bible Verse: “They stoned Paul and left him outside the city thinking he was dead. But after the disciples had gathered around him he got back up and went back into the city.’ Acts 14:19-20
Scripture Reading: Acts 14:1-28, Acts 16:6-40
The world of athletics of full of statistics. Coaches do their best to try to understand what they need to make the best decisions of how to respond in their game strategy.
How has this pitcher competed against that batter? How do we adjust our offensive attacks to get more pucks deep and develop more quality scoring chances?
There has certainly been no shortage of medical statistics over the last year and a half. From governments to individuals, many are attempting to make wise risk assessments in their decisions.
When I read stories like this one in Acts, it seems clear to me that Paul is not doing an overall risk assessment for his life as he makes his decisions. He does not seem to consider ‘if I go to that city, I will have 60% percent chance of whipped and thrown in Jail’ or from today’s ‘If I go back into the city, I may have an 83% chance of getting stoned again’.
His strategy is not based on risk assessment. It seems to clearly be based in obedience and in a daily surrender of his life to Jesus and the call that he has on his life.
In what way might Jesus be calling you to surrender even your risk assessments to him? Is he asking you to trust Him, though it might be scary?
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