It is very important that we Listen to the Lord and follow His lead. Paul was working his way through the journey that the Lord had laid out and, for a time, was simply not feeling the rhythm. As Paul was going, God was opening doors and saving the lost, yet Paul was not gaining the acclaim and celebrity that others had gained, and was not a preacher for profit, but a preacher walking in alignment with God’s plan.
Paul remained frustrated that His apostleship was always questioned and scrutinized! Still, he marched faithfully. Paul knew that God called him to a mission to save the gentile world, and that mission would never be a delight to the Jewish world.
We are all called to walk the journey laid out by the Heavenly Father! Like Paul, we need to listen and follow God’s lead. By faith, as we do so, we will see lives changed. Sadly, we will also be a stench to those that do not follow the Lord.
If we, like Paul, can remain on mission, the reward will be stunning, and we will enjoy the sweet aroma of God’s presence and fruit in our lives. If, on the other hand, we try to pilot our own ship, as disciples we will miss the joys and treasure of finishing the race. We can never lose sight of the Lord’s path, never lose hope in His plan, and never, NEVER lose faith in God’s promise to remain with us throughout the journey!
Jesus said it best, “All authority has been given to me! So,as you are going, make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Teaching them all I have taught and commanded you! And above all, PLEASE,PLEASE, PLEASE remember that I am with you always even until the end of the age!” Matthew 28:18-20 (MAS Amplified).
God Bless You
Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me, 13 I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia.
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? 17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.