'Do it with all your might...' Ecclesiastes 9:10 NIV
Sometimes life requires us to really dig in and put in an extra effort. To live for God in ways that we’ve never done before, and trust in Him for things we never thought would be possible. The ‘bigger’ parts of faith often seem like, say, a mission trip or a promotion to youth leader. But: some of the things that take ‘all your might’ may look different. They might not be so up front and obvious. Take a look at Galatians 5:22–23, the Fruits of the Spirit verses. They’re a big part of faith by anyone’s measure: becoming more like Jesus. And if you’re like us, you’ll know they don’t come easy. Putting His will first can take as much attention, energy and prayer as the biggest of mission trips, but it’s life–changing and so thoroughly worth it. What do we mean? It takes a lot of effort to be gentle in that situation where you’d rather let anger boil over. Wrestling our human tendencies is tiring like that. It can take just as much effort to have the self–control to hold back on going too far on that date, almost like you’re fighting against your senses. To bring any action before God when we’re feeling weak can take all of our might. But it’s so important. When we act out of love (which is the best motive we can have, according to Corinthians 13:2), and ask God to bless our efforts, we’re not pointlessly exhausting ourselves in order to ‘be good’. We’re being changed by Him in a permanent, enriching way.
SoulFood: Ex 1-3, John 1:29-42, Ps 63, Prov 25:26-28
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