I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate to do. –Romans 7:15
Read the whole passage in Romans 7:14-25
The apostle Paul, the theologian of the early church, the author of thirteen biblical books, a hero of the early faith, and a man who still struggled, still wavered, still found himself addicted to that which he hated. Often, we look at those who lead, especially leaders of churches and ministries, as superhuman. We imagine such leaders as without fault or at least serious fault, as beyond deep and disturbing problems. But there is something damaged and twisted in the heart of all of us, something that still rebels against God and his ways. That brokenness or twisted drive is sin, a force that pushes all of us toward destructive habits and compels all of us to do that which we hate. The mark of a follower of Jesus, of one who lives Second, is not perfection(though that will come in the end); it is the fight, the struggle to turn tides of our desires toward the maker of our souls.
Talk with God
God, give me the strength to fight the good fight, to run the good race, and to reach for the prize.
Live it. How will you live more second today?
Tell it. How will you share what you have learned?
From the book “Live second: 365 ways to make Jesus first”