Answers to Your Questions
Q: I’ve read several articles in Activated that said we should try to please the Lord in everything we do and let Him use us to help others. I’ve been trying, but it doesn’t seem to work for me. Either I just can’t face doing a particular thing that I think He wants me to do, or something else comes up that I’d like to do but isn’t very high on His list of priorities. Any advice?
A: Jesus has a unique mission for you that only you can fulfill. This is what is commonly referred to as “the Lord’s will.”” Within that mission there are a multitude of tasks that He would like you to do. The first step is knowing what Jesus wants you to do—be it for the moment, for a certain time, or as your calling in life. This is usually not too difficult to find out, because if you ask Him, He’ll tell you (Matthew 7:7). The second step is doing what He asks of you. This is where the rub comes in, especially when what He’s asking of you doesn’t appeal to your human nature or fit in with your plans. And of course if it’s something the Lord wants you to do, you can be sure that the Devil will also try to talk you out of it!
You’ve probably heard the expressions, “This just kills me” and “This is a heavy cross to bear”—and it can really seem that way when the Lord asks you to do something that under any other circumstances you wouldn’t choose to do (though Jesus has promised to never give us burdens more than we are able to bear). This is when it’s important to remember what Jesus was willing to go through for you. Even though He knew it meant His earthly end, Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Father, not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39). It may mean death to self, but if you’re willing to pray that same prayer and go through the subsequent “crucifixion” when the Lord asks something difficult of you, it can result in glorious “resurrection” of greater happiness and fulfillment and other blessings from the Lord.
“I have been crucified with Christ,” the apostle Paul wrote. “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Paul also said, “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31). Why do you suppose he was willing to go through that? Because Paul learned that when he did what Jesus wanted him to, Jesus was able to turn what looked like no-win situations into win-win situations. He made Paul a blessing to others, and blessed Paul in the process—and He will do the same for you. Guaranteed! (Matthew 6:33; Psalm 37:4; 84:11).
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