Obedience is Better Than Sacrifice!

But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, Go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily, I say unto you, The the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

Matthew 21:28-31

Have you ever felt prompted to do something that you feel God is leading you to do? And have you always done it?

I have… and I haven’t.

I have felt prompted to do things that I felt like God was calling me to do.

But I haven’t always done them!

I guess it all boils down to my wondering whether or not it’s “Him” or “me”. I always wonder, “God, was that really you? Or is it me, just making things up in my head?”

Was That You, God?

I’m still not always sure I can tell the difference. Honestly, I’m way overzealous to serve Him! I love to encourage people in the Word and pray for or with people. It breaks my heart to see anyone forsaking God and living below their means.

But, on the other hand, there have been plenty of times I’ve cemented my feet to the floor, knowing I was supposed to be moving instead. Not out of a desire to say no to Jesus! But rather, that I always, always have that thing gnawing at the back of my mind… That’s not Jesus, that’s you. If you move now, and nothing happens or comes of it, they’ll think Jesus is a fraud and you will be damned for stepping outside the scope of faith. And about half a million other thoughts I won’t even share. All to the tune of you’re not good enough.

But reading this tonight… I don’t know. It scares me a little bit. Okay, a lot! I WANT to do the will of my Father! I want to please Him in all things! And there is SO MUCH Kingdom work to be done right now!

Going forward, my prayer is that I will be able to crucify this flesh to carry out what Jesus is prompting me to do. Of course, I’ve said that a million times. Promised to say what He would have me to say, go where He would want me to go, and do what He would have me to do.

And somehow I just keep falling short.

Y’all pray for me, okay?

6 Comments

  1. If Moses would have learned God’s way, maybe, just maybe he would have been allowed to enter the promise land.
    In the faiths that believe in reincarnation, they believe you keep coming back until you have learned the lessons of life.
    I do not adhere to that, God’s will sometimes requires us to make a sacrifice. He tested Abraham’s faith by asking him to give his son on an altar. At the last minute God provided a ram in the thickets.

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      That’s interesting. And I agree… we have to learn one lesson to move on, and there, waiting for us, low and behold… is another lesson 🙂

  2. I will be praying Stacey! I am the same way! A lot of times I have to fight myself to just do what I felt led to do. It’s an impression that just won’t leave you. Text that person, call this one, go there, do that….It sometimes—a lot of times—requires faith on our part that God will come along side with us and confirm that it was Him. And then we are off to the next lesson. Have I ever missed the mark?—yep! Plenty of times. He understands, because we are still learning to trust Him on a day by day basis. Still pressing towards the prize of the high calling. We are getting there though! When we fall short, He forgives. I’m so thankful He is loving and has lots of patience with me! 🙌🏼

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      Amen, Amen! This is a whole blog post to itself, Sis 😉 It’s good when we get that confirmation, but I sure bet Peter didn’t when he walked out on that first wave!! SHOOWEE!! Makes you think…

      1. If Peter was anything like the skin I walk in, he was probably shaking in his shoes….errrr…sandles! 😆

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