Oh The Hard Things!!!
There are so many of us that feel like we are in a place of “stuckness” with God. We find ourselves questioning our identity, our place, and our purpose.
So often we come to God asking that He move heaven and earth on our behalf and make the impossible: possible yet in our minds we construct a list of terms and conditions stating what we will and will not do.
We want God to do the big things…The hard things…The extraordinary things. The things that let others go “ WOW That’s awesome!”. The things that lead to financial gain and promotion.
Written somewhere in our contract with Him, we propose that we do the easy things, the things that keep us comfortable, the things that do not consume our most prized resources and take up most of our time, the things that do not desire any self-examination and self-denial. We do not want the things that require financial loss, demotion, and the everyday mundaneness. We do not want to do the hard things…the things that bring no honor from others. We do not want to do the things that require more of us but points to more of HIM.
Jesus has lots to say about this here.
Let’s be honest. It’s in our proposed contract. The one that’s longer than the terms and conditions set forth by Apple before a software update. The abridged version sounds like this….
Lord give us …
- The long life
- The amazing spouse
- The healthy & obedient children
- The Mansion – one in the city and one in the country
- The Bentley, BMW, and Benz
- Great health
- Long hair and beautiful legs
- Let me eat to my heart’s content without getting fat
- So much money that I do not know what to do with
- CEO Status even though I never went to business school
- Of course Jesus, I want you with me so you can attend to my need when I call!
Before you require anything of me remember…
- I have a family
- I need to work
- My car is about to give out
- This house is too small
- We already have too many kids
- The pantry is about to be empty
- My finances are limited
- I do not have a passport
- I am not the most charismatic and prettiest of people
- People will not listen when I speak
- I got a bunch of issues
- I am emotionally unavailable
- I am way too busy
Ok, so I may be exaggerating a bit.
Or am I?
The point is: We want God to give us “VIP Status” in the kingdom rewards program when we have little to no desire to do kingdom work.
I may have just stepped on your toes. Let me say it for you, “OUCH!”
How do I know all this to be true? My attitude and posture tell it. My timidity and reservation in prayer shout it…”Lord, you can do anything but do not ask anything of me!” I may not utter it with my lips but the reservations in my heart scream it. I need help!
We fear missing out on the “good life”. It is easier for us to extend our hands to receive that it is to extend or hands to give.
Lately, I find myself praying, “Lord give me the desire to desire You and the things of You desire!” Saying Yes to God is greater gain than loss my friends. Your “yes” blesses others who may have never met you or known your name.
Desire the hard things…The impossible things… The eternal things.
Can God use us??? I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that GOD can use us.
Will God use us??? The answer to this lies in our availability, our willingness, our deep desire to honor him in ALL that we do. The answer to this question is in our “Yes!”
Yesterday, my friend – Tanyaradzwa, broke out into this song during our conversation and I believe it is so fitting for this post. We cannot experience the full power of God in our lives until we give Him a “Yes!” without reservation.
What is holding you back from saying “Yes” to God?