For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
We no longer live for ourselves. All of us who have received Jesus as Lord and Savior are bond servants of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul understood this and he understood that his life no longer belonged to himself. One thing that happens as we mature in Christ is that we continue to surrender to the will of God. When we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior our lives are no longer our own. We are called to lay down our dreams and desires and the driving force in our lives must become the will of God. I have learned as I have spent time in prayer that prayer is the ultimate place of surrender. As we grow in the place of prayer the cry of our hearts become thy will be done. As we grow in Christ and mature in Him, His love consumes us and drives every decision and choice we make. May we seek Him this day with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. May we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.