How flexible are you?
I don’t mean - can you touch your toes or can you do the splits (ouch).
But rather, how willing are you to set aside your plans and expectations when God has something else for you.
Scripture is clear that we who belong to Christ - are truly and actually “His.” We are His to do with as He pleases, to use how He wants. He gets to choose for us - even without asking for our input.
That’s part of what 1 Corinthians 6:20 is talking about when Paul says: “you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
So here’s what I’m wondering… “How flexible are you - when God does something you didn’t expect or want?”
It matters - because our effectiveness (and how much we get blessed) corresponds directly to how willing we are to set aside our pre-conceptions, our agenda, our objectives, our expectations - and let God do what He wants.
In Luke 18 Jesus and His disciples were traveling through Jericho on their way to Jerusalem. In the disciples mind, the key thought there - is that they were traveling. They weren’t stopping. They were going through Jericho. It wasn’t about Jericho.
But then, in Luke 18:38 a blind man who was sitting along the road cried out: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Not wanting to stop, not wanting to abandon their plan, the disciples rebuked him and told him to shut up!
But he wouldn’t. He cried out again: “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stopped. He called for the man to be brought to Him - and then, He healed him! What an amazing miracle the disciples would have missed - if they had their way!
What about us? When we’ve got a plan - even a good and God-honoring plan, if God allows that plan to be challenged, hindered, altered - or completely obliterated - how do we respond?
Are we amenable? Are we open to letting something else happen? That’s hard for me. When I have a plan - I want to make it happen.
And yet - I’ve got to remember - that I’m not in charge. I’m not even in charge of me. I belong to Him. All my plans - are under His authority. It’s His choice what happens.
Not only - will this allow me to experience amazing things that I never imagined, but it gives me a freedom from anxiety and stress - that I very much need!
May we all live our lives - amenable - open to God altering our plans as He desires!