Pushing, Pulling, and Dragging Our own Will
by Lisa Walker Thomas
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In this life were going to stumble and weíre going to fall and whatís funny is everytime we do, we are genuinely surprised, shocked even. Sometimes we fall into temptation and sometimes we fall into selfishness but many times we are simply guilty of pushing our own will for our lives.
What does that mean? That means that somewhere along the way weíve made it up in our minds that we were put here for a specific reason and we are going to move forward in what that Ďreasoní is (come hell or high water). But the question is, is that Godís will for your life. You may want it, you may even be able to taste it, but is it Godís will for your life?
So many times we pour things into ourselves based on our own thinking or how we feel. We pour these beliefs and thoughts into our hearts and minds and because we have poured so many things in, we become stagnate in our beliefs. We become so convinced of the direction we should go we admonish the Lord that we know without a shadow of a doubt that this is his will for our lives. But what happens if itís not. At least not in the manner we thought.
When we examine our lives we see that God has always granted you an opportunity to use the gifts he has given you, often times for us the gifts that weíre using are not on the platform we thought weíd be on in order to use them. Perhaps God blessed you with the gift of song, and you saw yourself performing in front of millions, but in reality youíve only sang for your husband and your child, in your mind itís a failure, but in the mind of God it may have been that one song that you sang carried your husband through the pain of his childhood, and that same song may have come into your son or daughterís mind just when they were about to go down a wrong path. Consider not only the influence of that one song on them, but those whom they could have encountered had they gone the opposite way.
We may think weíre here to minister to thousands of men and women, or even minister to the congregation at our church, perhaps you belong to a very large church. But youíve only had the opportunity to minister to people on your job, and you feel you really havenít had a chance to get the word out. But Iíll bet if you have had the opportunity to minister to people on your job, Iíll bet your job has been a revolving door. In other words youíve stayed, but those of them youíve poured into have gone on to new jobs and careers. Consider how many people youíve actually touched if each of those workers shared your words with five people, they shared with five more, and even five more after thatóis Godís will being done?
Consider even as you read this you may have dreams of being a famous author and touching millions of lives perhaps youíre not famous, but consider the number of people who have read and been touched by your words, is that not a blessing too?
So many times we spend time looking out on the horizon of where we think we should be, never realizing God has you planted exactly where you need to be. In this life we make the mistake of pouring so much into ourselves that sometimes have nothing to do with Godís will for our lives and because we have done this many times we need to empty out.
In other words we need to willingly surrender our will for our lives, which means we are willing to give up our hopes, our desires and our dreams, and our possessions, when we do this we die unto self. It is only by dying unto self, can we truly live for God. Thus the Lord said in Matthew 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet losses his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? Letís take up our cross, not our burdens, but the cross is symbolic of death. Therefore when we pick up our cross and follow him, we are in fact dying unto self in order that we may live for Christ.
To God be the Glory for the things HE has done.
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How very timely!