“Hey Jesus, I’m struggling with the whole patience thing. Can you help me with that?”
And just like that, we lift up our desire, fold it up in a little ball and send it His way, expecting it to be cashed in right away.
And then as life continues and we find ourselves in the same predicament, reacting the same way, struggling with the same issues and unable to control our emotions, we get frustrated and confused.
No way we would expect for God to change us if we offer no sacrifice in return? Of course we do! We want the goal without the practice, the dream without the discipline, the result without the diligence…we are lazy!
We treat Him like a vending machine, selfishly pushing buttons of what we do want and giving pennies in exchange.
But ALL He wants is us. Our time. He wants our attention. He wants us to give Him more than five minutes right before we devour our food. Why? Because He KNOWS that the only way one is changed from the inside out is spending time with Him.
Want more gentleness? Self-control? Patience? Kindness? You’re gonna have to dig in and go deep. You are going to have to sacrifice some of your “Me time” and replace it with some “Jesus time”. I promise you will start to react differently, pray differently, understand differently, see differently…because He will be greater within you than He who is in this world.
That’s the power you already have, you just have to realize it and CHOOSE Him in the moment. Let Him help you. Let Him guide you. Let Him remind you that time with Him is never idle or ill-spent, it is the only source for true and abundant life.
He isn’t your last resort, He is your ONLY hope.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17