About a week ago, my best friend asked me if I’d do him a favor. This was after we had had some conversation about a few situations going on in my life. I replied with, “Well, what do you want me to do?” In response, he said, “Will you do me a favor?” I just smiled and knew he wouldn’t tell me what he wanted me to do until I agreed. I said, “What if God doesn’t want me to do whatever it is you’re asking?” He said he didn’t think God would say no to his request. So, it all came down to whether or not I trusted my best friend. Would he ask me to do something that is harmful to me? No, I could clearly rule that out. Would he ask me to go against God’s will in any way? Nope, couldn’t say that either. So, I finally said, with a resigned sigh, “Okay. What is it?” He then proceeded to ask me to do one thing…bike for half an hour once a week. Something I’ve always struggled with is sticking to exercising, so this was helpful. I said, “Okay, I’ll do it.” Then he asked for another favor…one I won’t mention because of its personal nature pertaining to me and my family. Again, I had to decide whether or not I trusted my best friend and in the end, decided that I did. His request was nothing near what I expected, and actually quite beneficial to me.
So, I got to thinking the other day…Aren’t we just like that with God? I know I am. “Okay, Jess, this is the Lord speaking…I have a job for you to do…are you up for it?” I am guilty of often saying, “What, Where, How, with Who, When, and Why do You want me to do it?” before I actually say yes. I think God is hoping we will say a hearty “Yes!” right from the beginning. He wants us to be sold out on doing His will, even if He happens to ask us something completely outrageous in our earthly terms. But you know what? What He’s asking, in the end, will turn out beneficial and will bring glory to Him. We can trust God fully because we know His character. If I could trust my friend, who is just a human, based on his character, how much more can I trust God to know what’s right in my life and what will be best? I hope you will all say a hearty “yes!” when God asks you to do something. Any other way of life is truly not worth living.
Thanks, best friend, for the object lesson. God truly has blessed you and blessed me because of you.