So you woke up today ready to go and realized it is Monday again. Both a motivating thought (His mercies are new each and every day) and a discouraging one (Five more days to the weekend).
But today is different. You know you want to serve God and you are choosing to honor God with the time you are given. Only problem is . . . you know you will struggle to do just that. Each day brings either a new torment as we grow discouraged with our lack, or a new joy, as we recognize that God is able to help and save us.
But how can we really honor God when we know our weaknesses can get in the way? Dovetailing off of yesterday's sermon, here's a few thoughts from Paul:
Romans 7:15-20 (NIV)
"5 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it."
Here's Paul, you know, the guy who the LORD used to write 13 epistles in the new testament— he struggled to stay focused and to do good. Shocking? No, not really. Paul has the same condition we do, too. Humanity. He recognized his sin problem, though. He did not try to deny it. And ultimately, he had victory because of his humility meeting the grace of God, who enabled him to choose to live for Christ. His life was hard, but His God was near and enabled him.
While this might make us feel a tad bit better for the moment (we are in good company), comparison does not bode us any better when we are talking about a Holy God with a righteous standard. We, too, need to cry out. We need to own our weakness and invite Jesus to give us His strength. And then it happens . . .
But God. I love those two words. Our great and kind God intervenes when we fall short. And as we considered our inability to "be enough" yesterday, we realized that recognizing our need leads us to see our need of salvation. It's not all bad to see we aren't enough, because it sets us free from the need to strive in vain. Read more about being enough here in my ministry blog post today.
So, guys, walk in the grace of God today. Ask God to help you walk in the Spirit. Our God loves to answer prayers like that. And when we find ourselves facing that same sin struggle, we can remember Joshua, who boldly laid down his idols and invited others around him to do the same.
Go with God,