I am called to do things that seem hard things. That sounds good, doesn’t it? They are “hard” are to my flesh – the carnal man – but there is an ease and grace in the will of God that abides in me and through me to accomplish His will. Now while I know this, I am not always cognizant of this when I begin to do what He has called me to be.
See flesh does not like even so much as the threat of failure. If it looks like it may go wrong, I am going to stop and think about it again. I will go into hiding in prayer or say things like, “if it is God’s will He knows how to bring it to pass.” He does but guess what? I am how He is going to get it done. That means I stop trying to throw everything on God and do nothing. What does that look like? It looks like taking ownership of what God has called me to do.
Taking ownership means I have a mind transformation about how I see God and seek to obey Him. Even if I do not think I have it all together, I still position myself in obedience. The transformation happens as I study His word. That process includes killing the inner critic that tells me I am not enough to do what God says because God has equipped me. No one else was created exactly like me. I am unique, and so are you. Included in God’s instructions for living is trusting that in His sovereignty He is has equipped me with everything need to succeed.
As we live to do God’s will, we are not without help. We have the Holy Spirit Who helps us in our weakness and Jesus is our advocate. So, take heart and know that God never leaves us alone. He also never expects us to do hard things in our own strength. May the life we live to bring Him glory, that works in our favor.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Sonia Y. Johnson