We’ve all been there. That moment in time when you realize that the thing you want to do, that you can do, you just aren’t getting it done. What keeps us from it? Most of us can come up with several reasons and in fact, we spend quite a bit of time justifying why we don’t do the very thing that matters to us.
We are in good company. The apostle Paul struggled with this very thing and shared it in Romans. Even as I type, I am pressing in to overcome my own inertia so I can meet my writing deadlines. What’s up with that? I love to write. I love to encourage. I love to challenge others to come up higher in their goals. More importantly, God has called me to do it! Why would I hesitate?
Just Do It! But, Why Don’t We?
The answer is different for each of us and for each situation. Perhaps it’s fear of the unknown—fear of failure or even fear of missing out on whatever else is taking up our time. Some will say, “I just don’t have the time.” If you were honest you might say “I just don’t make the time. I let other things take priority.”
Are you overwhelmed with the size of your goal? Well let me suggest that your goal is probably not big enough. What? Yes, it’s not big enough. I encourage you to kick it up from big to BIGGER to God size! If God called you to it—then it matters.
What would it look like if you gave God all your reasons why you just don’t have the time? Go ahead… let Him hear your case for “not now Lord”. Here’s what I hear from Him, “What part of I AM, don’t you understand?
An ah-ha moment, yes? He’s in charge. I am not.
In Luke 9:23, Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” And if this isn’t clear enough, in Matthew 8:22 a man who was to be a disciple asked Jesus if he could go bury his father. Jesus replied, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” Sounds harsh doesn’t it? If you take some time to study the passage, and the culture at the time, you will understand this man was simply looking for an excuse to avoid becoming Jesus’ disciple. Reader, friends, God sees and knows our heart.So I ask, are you ready to go for it? Are you ready to be done with any excuses and do the very thing that God not only asks of you but is equipping you to do?
I close with one of my favorite verses—my battle cry. May it be yours as well:
“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” –Acts 20:24
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