It’s not about You and Me…

by Lester Young

Has the Lord ever told you something that thrilled you all the way down to your socks? I’d venture to say it’s not too uncommon in the Body of Christ. What’s probably also not too uncommon are the first few thoughts we invariably have after the ‘Praise Him!’ wave subsides just a bit: “How’s this going to happen and what do I need to do?” And before you know it, we’ve laid out the first twenty steps of “how I can get there”. But then when we try to implement that plan, all we ever seem to get is tired and frustrated… because it just doesn’t seem to work like we thought it should.

If you’ve got anything at all on the ball, you already know what’s wrong with that scene above. Yes, it’s that tall, skinny one-letter word called “I”. In situations where the Lord gives us a glimpse of what He wants us to have, a knee-jerk reaction often leads us to replace “Him” with that skinny one-letter word, unintentional though it may be. Don’t think so? I’ll prove it to you: When initially confronted with a big hurdle or problem, does this impromptu thought sound familiar: “How am ‘I’ ever going to handle that??” Hey, we’ve all said it – if not out loud then certainly to ourselves.

What we all – at least momentarily – forgot was that as the Body of Christ on earth we’re not here alone and we don’t have to do anything on our own (Ephesians 2:12, 19). As a matter of fact, we’re not supposed to do anything on our own (John 5:19, 8:28). Why? Because as human beings we don’t have the wisdom to plan and direct our own lives; and even if we did, our living wouldn’t be able to approach the life God’s planned for us – not to mention the fact that our own efforts at living will only end in death and destruction, anyway (Jeremiah 10:23; Ephesians 2:10; Isaiah 55:7-9; Psalm 127:1; Genesis 3:17-19).

What’s more, we don’t even need to try to do it ourselves (Psalm 37:5). Our heavenly Father’s already created the perfect place for us to be and the path to get us there (1 Corinthians 12:11-21; Psalm 23:2-3, 37:23; Proverbs 3:5-6). Our real responsibility is to seek His will for our lives, then go about the business of obediently following it all the way to completion (Matthew 6:10; Philippians 1:6; 2 Timothy 4:7). When we do that, He’s promised to take care of all the rest (Matthew 6:33; 1 Peter 5:7).

So, then, the truth of the matter is that everything’s already been done – prepared, laid out and waiting, bought and paid for – and we don’t have to do anything but reach out and take it (Psalm 139:16; Ephesians 2:10). There’s actually a word for that; and, interestingly, our Father happens to be the Source for all of it (1 Peter 5:1). Because, you see, it’s not about our natural strength, ability, intelligence or craftiness to figure things out: it’s all about Grace. Although totally undeserved, we’ve been given everything we’ll ever need for abundant life – both physical and spiritual (John 10:10; Romans 8:32; 2 Peter 1:3). It was Jesus Who footed the bill (Galatians 3:13-14).

You know, if we were really smart, we wouldn’t even bother trying to “blaze our own trail” – not when there’s one already made sitting there in front of us.

 

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