But God…How to Trust Him to Do Great Things in Us
by Christina Parker-Benton
I am weak, but God is gloriously strong.
The end of 2017 is rapidly approaching. I think of the things I did well and the moments I shared with family and friends. I reflect back on the year; all the things I did wrong and the goals I didn’t accomplish.
Then my anxiety begins to stir up inside me.
But God calls me. I wonder how am I supposed to live up to the great calling God has placed in my heart. Sometimes I let the chaos of life consume me, distracting me from what He has called me to do. And I feel like I will never succeed. But God keeps calling.
Can you relate? Do you feel God calling you to do great things in His name, but you don’t believe you can do it?
Called to Do Great Things
Mary was called to be the mother of the Messiah; the Savior of the World. Yet, instead of giving into doubt she trusted God with this miraculous task. She accepted God’s calling on her life with bold conviction saying, “‘I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” (Luke 1:38)
Can we be that bold & confident too? Reflect back on those times when God protected you, provided for you, and loved you in spite of your sins or circumstances. Those moments are gifts from God to equip & prepare us for the plans He has for us.
I like to think of those times as “But God…” moments.
Recently, my family was down to one car, and we had no savings to help us get another one. We wanted to join a life group but had no way to get there. It seemed like an impossible situation. But God had other plans, and He gave us the idea to host a life group. Our church embraced the idea, and helped us to start.
We welcomed some wonderful families into our home & lives. Because we opened our home, we now had a community to lift up our prayers with us. Shortly after we were able to purchase a newer, larger car to fit our growing family. You see. we could have stressed, but God used our time of need as an opportunity for us to give to others. Hosting a life group gave us the chance to share God’s word, pray for others, have others pray for us, and encourage one another.
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-7)
Despite our sins, God loves us. He sent his son to be born of a virgin, in modest accommodations to give His life as payment for our sins. But God… revived us from our dead sinful lives through Christ’s resurrection. Christ communicates with God the Father in heaven on our behalf, so that we can share in His glory. God uses our failures in the past as examples of His grace and kindness in the future.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Doesn’t our Heavenly Father give the greatest gifts?
God has already shown how much He loves you through all the lavish gifts He has given you. In this new year, don’t get stuck in your sin or circumstances that you miss out on those “But God..” moments in your life. Pour out your heart in repentance, thanksgiving and worship. Choose to trust God with your life today and walk boldly in the calling He has given you. Just as a virgin became the mother of the King of Kings; God has plans for you to do extraordinary things too.
Trust in Action: But God…
Post or Comment. Name a “But God… “ moment in your past that lead you to trust God more in the present.
How is God calling you to trust Him in the future? What mission or ministry has God tasked you with serving in? What bold steps can you take in obedience to God’s plan for your life? Let us know how we can encourage and pray for you.