Don’t Hate…But Take On JoyPosted: February 4, 2013
There are some things in our lives we all have said at one time or another, “I hate doing this or that. If there is anyway I can avoid this I would be so thankful.” For some, it might be confronting someone of their sin and risk losing a friendship. For others, it could be speaking up for what is right and risking your reputation. Whatever the difficult circumstance is, we have found ourselves kicking, screaming, and punching in the air, “LORD PLEASE, NO!!”
I had that moment this week. Unfortunately, I look back in my journey in following Jesus and it’s all too familiar. And what I see in the strong push backs of doing what the Lord calls for me to do in my life is “disturbing fear” that cripples the righteous path Jesus tells me to walk. This fear seems to always be connected to what people might say or do to me as a result.
“OH GOD PLEASE…I HATE TO DO THIS! I DON’T WANT TO DO THAT LORD! PLEASE LORD! OH I HATE IT, I HATE IT!!” Sad to say… this was my cry.
As I listen to my whining, there follows a sad reality…I believe God’s direction and commands are burdens.
This is so sad to me for two reasons: 1) I am called to be one of His pastors and pastors should be examples. 2) I find myself responding this way far too often.
Why can’t I view difficult trials that the Lord brings to me as a joyful thing? Isn’t it a blessing to be doers of the word and not hearers only? Definitely!
What baffles me is that Jesus in His moment of grief before facing the wrath of God on a rugged cross, the Bible says “for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross”…(Hebrews 12:2). WHAT? Jesus had joy realizing He would face and absorb the terror of an infinite God pouring out wrath because of sin…which by the way Jesus didn’t commit? Where is His whining? Where is His complaining? Where is His buckin’ at the trial?
But the moment there is a removing of the fear and trembling of the unknown and then having the willingness to obey, the direction of God becomes crystal clear.
Please be encouraged to follow our Savior even when it seems too difficult for you to do. God has not given us a spirit of being afraid. He has given all His children Holy Spirit who provides power, love, and discipline.
If He told you to do it, follow Him with joy.
Just don’t hate!