Bible Reading: Zechariah 4:1-10, Philippians 2:12-16
I remember visiting the zoo with a senior female friend many years ago. It had been a long and tiring afternoon out, going through the details of one animal after the other. In our tiredness, we then got towards the lions.
I had always thought going to the zoo was about going to see animals, but when the lions began to really just let out some scary roars that afternoon, everybody seemed to agree that going to the zoo is first of all about staying alive before its about seeing any animals.
I mean, there was a mass take off! Nobody seemed to realize that the lion was locked in a cage. Tiredness or sunny afternoon didn’t matter one bit.
I think there’s a point we can all get to with our lives where the conversation would go beyond tiredness and convenience, and beyond even what looks likely or attainable.
There’s a life that digs out ability beyond the likely, that lives full of drive, that stays on the edge to do all that can be done.
That’s the life I believe God calls us to.
Our faith and the grace of Jesus are not cloaks for laziness or to accept a life of mediocrity. Rather, they are a spring to attain to more than we could have of our natural self.
1. Live Beyond Excuses
At some point, excuses must not be good enough for you. You must welcome a sense of dissatisfaction about always having an excuse for everything you won’t do.
There might genuinely be an excuse why you don’t, but there’s a bigger reason why you should- the God empowerment!
We will never walk in all that God calls us to if we constantly go the lane of excuses. It is laziness to always have an excuse:
The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!” Proverbs 22:13 NKJV
2. The Power Of Not Doing
We speak a lot about the great power in doing a little more. But maybe it’s also helpful to consider the power in not doing.
Whatever is not done is not just an action: it is a pathway. It’s always a step further in a life of negligence or of mediocrity or of passiveness. It’s never just about weakening what could have been, it is also about strengthening what should not be.
Let’s believe today that we aren’t lazy or weak, but that we’re empowered and anointed to do- to start, to press on and to complete! We are able, because God is already working in us what he calls us to work out!
Something To Pray:
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38 NKJV
Pray for such an anointing and life expression today.