Thursday, January 21, 2016

No Excuses, Just Say YES!

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

When God opens a door of opportunity for you to serve Him, just say, “Yes.” Unfortunately, some Christ followers don’t respond that way. It could be something like being too busy, or not feeling qualified, or, God forbid, being too lazy. Sometimes, a Christ follower will close a door him/herself by some knee-jerk reaction before they have discovered if God wants them to go through it or not. 

Perhaps you’ve never thought of it this way, but in a sense, it is a form of idolatry—bowing down to your self-interest instead of bowing in submission to God. 

You need not worry about your qualifications. God takes care of that by uniquely gifting His servants according to His will. Furthermore, He saved us and gave us the Scriptures to bolster our ability to work for Him [see Ephesians 2:10; 2 Timothy 3:16-17]. “No” just doesn’t cut it; it doesn’t work. 

So do as the Psalmist said and, “Serve the Lord with gladness” [Psalm 100:2]. Serve Him as a godly parent. Serve Him as a friend who listens to those who are around you. Serve Him as a godly student on campus who refuses to go the way of the crowd. Don’t restrict what God can do through a willing helper. He will give you sufficient power and grace to overcome any human limitation. 

Not enough courage? That’s OK. God can heal you of anything! You have the Holy Spirit whose power was great enough to raise Jesus from the dead. That knowledge alone should help you overcome any fear.

Laying aside our excuses is the wisest thing we can do in serving the Lord. 

There’s an old Gospel song that says…

I’ll say, “Yes, Lord, yes,” to Your will and to Your way
I’ll say, “Yes, Lord, yes,” I will trust You and obey
When God’s Spirit speaks to me
With my whole heart I’ll agree
And my answer will be, “Yes, Lord, yes!”

He saved us not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. He poured out this Spirit on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by His grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:5-8

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