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The time to pursue the will of God for our life is always right now; with no excuses. Well…in theory. Because in reality, most of us have a testimony of excuses.
Like most, we’ve been reflecting over the last year; taking inventory as to what goals we’ve achieved and opportunities for improvement. While we’ve made some huge strides, there were some areas that were missed.
No matter the reasons, at the end of the day, those reasons were really… excuses.
Say what? Yeah, we know. That’s how we felt when we read this…
As we’ve been seeking God for the upcoming year, we were led to study John 5.
In The New Living Translation John 5:1-8 says; “Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. 5 One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” 7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” 8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
What caught our attention about this passage, is how the man responded to Jesus when asked if he wanted to get well.
John 5:7 (NLT) says; “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”
We don’t know about you, but if Jesus asked us if we wanted to be well, he would get a: “yes sir please,” without a thought!
However, this particular man said and we’re paraphrasing here… I can’t…I have no one to help me.
This becomes clear to us when Jesus tells him in John 5:8 (NLT); “Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
You see, Jesus told him to take ownership for his healing. YOU get up, sir, pick up YOUR mat and walk. YOU get up. Then looked what happened in John 5:9 (NLT): “Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath.”
Although this passage is about healing, this principle has happened to all of us at one time or another. Let’s be honest, we’ve all done it. We’re all guilty of blaming people, or life-circumstances for why we haven’t obeyed the call on our life.
Reading this passage resonated with our spirit, for such a time as this. We’re living in a time where there’s a whole generation that feel they’re entitled to everything. Not to mention, another generation who believe they should just name it and claim it; without taking responsibility for their actions.
In either case, whether we fulfill the purpose God has for us or not, has very little to do with anyone else, or our circumstances. The results all depend on us. Benjamin Franklin once said…
“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
When we’re focused on our circumstance more than God’s truths, we tend to come up with excuses. However, when we choose to focus on God’s TRUTH about EVERY circumstance in our life, we can boldly go to the throne of grace and ask for help.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” ~ Hebrews: 14:6 (KJV)
This is why even when we set new goals for the year, we purpose to review our progress every quarter. It’s our opportunity to evaluate how we’re doing, so we can make necessary adjustments. We consider the circumstances. However, we don’t blame our LACK of progress, on circumstances.
You see, circumstances change; but our God does not! And when God puts something on the inside of US, it’s up to US to seek God for direction. Then we must follow His lead.
After studying this out, God convicted our hearts to this one thing. We must pursue the will of God for our life; with no excuses.
Our beloved mentors spoke this principle to us often and it never really clicked. They would tell us: “doing the will of God is never easy, but always right.” However, these words echo loudly in our ears now!
If this resonates with you, we encourage you to lay down your burdens once and for all. Then pursue the will of God for your life, with no excuses!
André and Timberley Gray
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