The other day I was laying my 3 year old down for a nap and she wasn’t quite in the mood to lay down without complaint. She mumbled and grumbled, complained and argued, and continue to give me many excuses as to why she felt she didn’t need a nap. And with every mumble and grumble I calmly gave her a reason why I wanted her to take a nap. To my surprise, after about 30 minutes of the mumbling and grumbling she finally surrendered her will and laid down and said “Okay, mommy, I’ll lay down and take a nap.”
I laid there thinking immediately of my own Christian walk with the Lord and the many times He asked me to do things and I mumbled and grumbled, complained and argued, and continued to give him excuses as to why I think I shouldn’t do it or how I think it should be done. Each time I complained or gave an excuse, He was still there calmly giving me the reason why I should do what He has asked me to do….it mostly revolved around just plain and simple obedience, but it also had a lot to do with surrendering my own will. This whole scenario reminded me of Matthew 21:28 when Jesus spoke of the two sons who their father asked to go and work in the vineyard. The first son first, complained, but did what the father asked him to do. The second son told the father he would go, but didn’t. Many of our struggle through this life has much to do with whose will we want to see manifest in our lives…His or ours. We can talk the talk all day long like the son in Matthew 21, but if we don’t surrender to the Father’s will & do what He has asked us to do our talk is meaningless and our lives are nothing but a lie.
What is the Father asking you to do? Share your faith? Forgive someone who has wronged you? Have more of a submissive heart towards your husband? Be more of a godly leader and husband in your home? Whatever it may be, perhaps it is time to stop the grumbling, complaining, and excuses and just be obedient to what He has called you to do 🙂
Philippians 2:13-15 “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,…”