What do you think you need in order to be productive, valuable—or pleasing to God? What do you find yourself wishing you had more of?
A friend who battles arthritis and runs a ministry wants more energy. Some of us long for more experience or creativity, then we think we’ll have something to offer the world. Others wish they had the enthusiasm of youth. If only I had _____ then I’d ______.
How would you fill in that statement?
We all face limitations. The young mom with so many ideas has no time to execute them. The empty nester feels her knowledge is outdated. What if our limits are windows to spiritual realities? What if God has provided a way to live beyond our restraints?
Soak in these Scriptures, and consider how they apply to you.
- “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” (Jn. 8:29 NASB).
- “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (Jn. 15:5 NLT).
- “The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (Jn. 6:63 NLT)
This in no way promotes passivity. Paul said, “But whatever I am now it is all because God poured out such kindness and grace upon me—and not without results: for I have worked harder than all the other apostles, yet actually I wasn’t doing it, but God working in me, to bless me” (1 Cor. 15:10 NLT).God throws us into situations where we'll either sink in our inadequacies or swim in His grace. Click To Tweet
The striking differences in the way the princesses Orual and Psyche attempted to gather wool from the gods’ rams in C. S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces illustrate this. Orual believed that if she could but steal one curl of their golden fleece she would become beautiful, loved, and valued. Her frantic effort produced only bumps and bruises.
Psyche, on the other hand, stood on the edge of the pasture, unflustered as she puzzled over her task. After the rams passed, she easily gathered great clumps of wool left on the hedges.
Orual said, “What I’d sought in vain by meeting the terrible brutes, she took at her leisure. She won without effort what utmost effort would not win for me.”
Too often I’ve been the impatient Orual. I missed the joy of Psyche’s faith because I felt it was up to me to accomplish a task or prove myself. I forgot that faith not performance pleases Jesus. And He always supplies the means to accomplish His will. Faith in His sufficiency, not my accomplishments, is enough to move mountains. Click To Tweet
Question: What helps you stop striving and enjoy God in your situation?
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