I don’t feel well.
I have a busy schedule.
My knee has been hurting.
It’s too hot.
What do these things sound like to you? Those are excuses for me. Ones I have uttered when I really just didn’t want to do something. When I didn’t feel compelled or truly wanted to do something.
It’s that way in life all the time. When we are looking for an excuse, any excuse will do. It will fit the situation so we can stay right where we are, in the comfort of our own self. I know I am guilty of it. I will find any excuse not to get up and run in the morning before work, including being tired from the previous day of not working out as well. I will find that my schedule is far too busy to help out another group or area sometimes, simply because I don’t want to do it.
“Will God ever ask you to do something you are not able to do? The answer is yes–all the time! It must be that way, for God’s glory and kingdom. If we function according to our ability alone, we get the glory; if we function according to the power of the Spirit within us, God gets the glory. He wants to reveal Himself to a watching world,” says Henry Blackaby.
God’s in the business of using the people He calls. Equipping them for the work they are to do, for what situation they find themselves in with His guidance. If you look at Moses for a second, you’ll see from this side of the story of his life God used him in miraculous ways. But when he first began, there at the burning bush, he kept pointing to excuse after excuse. I know I have thought if I give Him enough excuses He will grow tired of me and ask someone else.
Isn’t the awesome realization that He has chosen you for this particular thing such a great reminder? It doesn’t depend on us to do. It’s on Him to do through us. That He foreknew this would happen at His appointed time. He knew that the circumstances would be in His perfect timing and not any other moment.
Lately I have been reminding myself of that. In the midst of some really trying, exhausting times recently I have had to stop and remember that the Sovereign God knew. He purposed the people who are in it to complete the task He set out before them. He positioned them in such a way to bring about His glory in the midst. To me, that’s pointing it all back to Him. So that none of us get the glory as we shouldn’t. That even in the mundane and in the task, we can be laboring for His glory to shine and not our own.
My prayer is that we would focus on the God who called Moses, Noah and Ruth to work in our lives, in each moment He has called us to in life. That we would walk with Him, leaning into and on Him in every moment, knowing it is not us but Him.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)