Lay down the all or nothing.
Peter had no expectation of having his whole life under control and holy before he could successfully step out upon the water in faith and obedience to Jesus (Matt. 1:27-29).
But for us, the list that goes through our head (the checklist of GOOD things) can easily be so overwhelming that it immobilizes. Then we do not obey the command, the invitation, “Come!”
Our Heavenly Father’s commands are invitations to powerful experiences of His enabling grace, and how many times do we say no out of fear or a sense of inability or unworthiness?
May we learn that we do not have to get ourselves together so that we can do what He is calling us to do.
He is with us, with all the ABILITY that we need in the moment.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”
So may we therefore proclaim,
I will not despise or try to hide my weaknesses, but rather I will boast in them so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. And I will CHOOSE to be well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Cor. 12:9,10).
I will not allow my perceived weaknesses to thwart me from stepping ‘out of the boat’ and into Jesus’ miraculous working power in My life.
I will obey and trust Him to make me ABLE. And in that, He will make me more and more fit to be used and more holy as He leads me and draws me closer and closer, making me more and more like Him.
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