'I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me...' Philippians 3:14 NIV
Hold onto your pyjamas, we’re about take a step back here. Believe it or not, people deciding to live generously are actually allowed to say the word ‘no’. Wow. Great, we can get out of stacking the chairs at church now? Not exactly, let’s have a look at when it’s appropriate. We’ve been looking at God–filled change and desire over the past few days, and now it’s time to think about how those things can get crowded out sometimes. Often we find ourselves in the Christian habit of saying ‘yes’ to just about everything we get asked to do, especially when it’s at church. Let’s get one thing straight, making ourselves available to serve isn’t a bad thing: in fact, the Bible says God honours anyone that serves Jesus. (John 12:26) But when we start to say ‘yes’ to too many things, we’re in danger of giving a half–hearted effort, and our God–filled desires often begin to get cut short. We end up confused about our priorities, and it’s our own time with God that usually suffers the most. If we really do want to ‘press on’ towards godliness (Philippians 3:14 style), we have to make sure that we’re not going to burn out. Reaching forwards takes energy, and effort. Let’s use our Spirit–led desires to discern (1) what we need to say ‘yes’ to, (2) what we need to put on a back burner or even (3) turn down completely. And if you’ve found it hard to know what you should say ‘no’ to, then ask God for the gift of discernment so that you know what He does and doesn’t want you to take on.
SoulFood: 2 Chr 35-36, 2 Jn, Mark 9:30-37, Ps 119:169-176, Prov 22:20-23
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