Have you ever perused the bible, read the words of Jesus, only to find yourself feeling frustrated, or insufficient? Even deficient? As Christians, we are called to clothe and feed the poor, the widows, the orphans… to share the Good News, to pray without ceasing, and to forgive our enemies.
Facing the daily trials of life, such mandates can feel insurmountable.
The example Christ set revealed a life of sacrifice, dismantling of pride, a rejection of cultural and societal norms. Christ was the quintessential example of love, and as his followers, we are so compelled to walk in his footsteps.
And yet, how many of us actually walk in fulfillment of His plans for us? For our own goals and dreams? How often are we distracted by trials or fears, complacency or just the monotony of each day?
When we allow God to fight our battles, we are released and empowered to fight His.
As simplistic as it can sound, a life yolked to Jesus, daily in the Word, bathed in prayer, brings with it a peace and a knowledge that the challenges in this world are more than under His feet, well within His capabilities, and since they are often outside of ours, are better handled by the God of all creation than ourselves.
Trust that your faith is not merely a banner to wave or an identity to hide behind, but rather an opportunity to walk in the fullness of life that Jesus offered when He died on the cross. Not just for your sins, did He die, but for all the pain, loss, effort, struggles and fears that seemingly dictate your destiny. No, my friend, He will never call you to that which you cannot achieve.
You have everything you need. Now.
Luke 12:6-7 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.