When was the last time you confidentaly said “no” to someone who asked you to do something and not feel guilty about it?
All too often as born again Christians, we feel obliged to help everyone who asks for our help, a favour or, – and I know this won’t go down well with some people - to make a sacrifice of service! Here are a few problems with being a “yes” woman:
- You burn yourself out so you have no time for you and no time for the precious family God gave you
- You feel inadequate because you’re so involved in “stuff” that you can’t give any of what you do adequate attention and stand back afterwards feeling as if it was a job well done
- You create resentment among your family who feel you’ll do everything for others and cry “not enough time” when they ask you to do anything
- You’re so busy you can’t hear from God
- You can’t live on purpose when you busy yourself with things God didn’t call you to do!
During my 25 years of Christian living, I’ve seen it all and I’ve been guilty of it all! So, I’m not telling you something I haven’t experienced first hand. God had to show me so clearly over the past couple of years that my sacrifice is to Him and not to Church, or to service or to my ministry or business.
Anything that we set up to take a higher place than God is idol worship and I’m sure like me, you don’t want to be guilt of idolatary!
When your sacrifice is to God first, He will enable you to get done ALL that you need to do because He will show you your priorities, your mission and even your tasks for today. Then you will be able to confidently and boldly say ”no” to the things that take you further away and not closer to your God fulfilled destiny.
The enemy is cunning and he knows how to make you lose sight of your vision. So start seeking God and ask Him to order your steps so that the decisions you make today and the help that you’re asked to give move you toward your purpose.
It isn’t and never will be God’s intention for you to fill every need in your Church, community, home, business and ministry. Focus is what gets tasks completed and when you don’t focus, you get the opposite results -life becomes a blur and you begin to question what life is all about because you experience one failure after another.
Success breeds success and God’s Word is filled with success stories – how not to do it and how to achieve it.
His promises are the success stories that should become a part of your every day life. So if you’re not experiencing those levels of success, stop and think about what you’re saying “yes” to!
Go to Crosswalk.com and read what the disciples had to say about leaving the Word of God to serve tables.
Don’t be Satan’s next victim of spiritual myopia… focus on God and He will show you the needs you were called to meet.
I heard Jesse Duplantis put it in a way I’d never heard before when he talked about giving, he said “give with purpose.”
Until next time, Blessings,