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There I was again, grappling with what God was asking me to do. Something I didn’t really want to do. Something I didn’t have time to do. Something I was scared to do.
My heart beat a little faster. I tried to ignore it.
But my mind raced. I commenced the whining.
I counted the costs and justified the pros and cons.
I laid out solid, logical reasons for not doing it.
I put it off and hoped it would be forgotten.
Sometimes I think my most creative work comes into play when I don’t want to be obedient! I’m not proud of that.
Do I really want to keep letting comfort and fear win?
Here’s what I’ve learned. That comfort I was seeking?
It’s a lie.
Turns out, we can’t be comfortable and disobedient at the same time. In reality, we’ll just be miserable.
So we might want to rethink putting off obedience.
It’s time to stop denying the reality. Comfort and contentment are not found in avoiding obedience.
Just the opposite – comfort and contentment are found in walking with God in obedience! Take a look …
Jeremiah 7:23 (ESV): But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’
Jesus not only understood that, but He actually wanted to be obedient – over His own desires.
Philippians 2:8 (ESV): And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Can we develop that desire to obey?
Having that desire sure would make a difference, so let’s see what we can find out in the Word.
Like me, Jesus did think twice …
Matthew 26:39 (ESV): And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
But unlike me, He added in the same breath, “Not my will, but Thine.”
And He meant it – because He obeyed the hardest request ever.
May we follow His lead.
May we obey hard requests.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? We’re just mere mortals. We’re not as strong as Jesus!
Romans 7:18 (ESV): For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.
How can we be expected to be like the Son of God?
1 Peter 2:21 (ESV): For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
It may seem impossible, but there you have it. We are called to follow in His steps – even though we are weak humans.
The good news is, He made a way for it to be achievable!
And I’m excited about His way because …
God doesn’t mean for us to try, try, try our best to do this.
(Thank goodness. Because I frequently fail at try, try, trying.)
He has a better plan than that …
Today I’m writing for the Walking With God series at kellyrbaker.com.
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