God WILL give you more than you can handle!

I have always been under the assumption that God will never give you more than you can handle.  Whenever things are difficult I would know that I would get through it because, no matter how hard it seemed, God was using the situation to make me stronger, but I could handle it.

This is complete nonsense!

God will, and does give us more than we can handle on our own.  He will absolutely put us in situations that will completely break us and that are beyond our ability to manage.  Think about it; if we could handle everything then why would we need God?  Why would we need to put our trust in someone else if we could manage all the time?

God wants all of our trust, all of our commitment, all of our love.  He doesn’t want to be our backup plan when all else fails.  God needs to be the first place we go; no matter how difficult, or easy the situation.  We should not be fooled into thinking that we can handle anything on our own!  Without God we can do nothing, but through him we can do all things!

It was good to have my little bubble popped so that I would stop thinking that I was capable of so much and start thinking about how much I need to rely on God.  As men we are notorious for being self sufficient, or at least thinking that we are.  We don’t ask for direction, don’t ask for help, and don’t admit when we are wrong.

The reality is that we are completely messed up, flawed, and incompetent human beings just like everyone else.  Embrace it!  The sooner we realize that we can’t do it on our own, and turn to God and ask for His help, the better off we will be!  The sooner we will actually start living our lives focused on God and not on ourselves.

We can’t do anything without God, that is the reality!

In order to rest… you have to work!

Why is it that so often we see our work for God as something that we do on Sundays, and the rest of the week we just work at our jobs?  Is that really what God intended for us to do; to give Him one day a week?  I think not!

We as christians, and especially as christian men, need to start thinking of our work for God as priority and focusing on it every day of the week.  We get so caught up in our day to day lives, and especially our work, that we forget that we have a mission from God that we are supposed to be working on also.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy spirit, and teaching them to over eve thing I have commanded you.”  Matthew 28:19-20

That is a pretty tall order; make disciples of all the nations – WOW!  When you really think about that, and the size of that task, how can you possibly hope to accomplish that working on it only one day a week.

If we want to see God work in our lives then we have to do God’s work.  If we want to accomplish something in our lives, then let’s work toward accomplishing something with eternally significant outcome.

Please don’t misunderstand me to think that I am preaching some kind of salvation through works, absolutely not!  Out salvation, and God’s love for us, is in no way conditional upon us doing anything.  Which is a good thing because if it was, we would all be in real trouble!

God wants us to work hard at everything that we do, and to do everything for Him, and for His glory.  Not because we have to, but because we want to, because we love Him and want to feel his presence in our lives.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, nor for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the lord as a reward.”   Colossians 3:23-24

Don’t sit back and do nothing.  Get up and work.  Even if the task seems daunting, or you don’t think that you can do it.  All you have to do is ask God to back you up and help you, and you can do anything.  2 Thessalonians 3:10 says that if we don’t work we don’t eat.  Personally, I really like eating!  So I guess I better get up and work!

So go out today and work for God, as hard as you can, everyday.  You will see a difference in you life.

One last thought; don’t forget to take a rest!  We are commanded to get our work done 6 days a week and to rest on the last day.  Heck, even God took a break on the seventh day!