“What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.” (Romans 15-18)
Sometimes we say no. Some of us have trouble uttering that word, others might be a little better at knowing just how much they can handle. Whether out of stress, exhaustion, fear, sadness, doubt, limitation, we say no. No isn’t a bad thing. It’s healthy to know your limits. You aren’t God, and you aren’t perfect. All of this is well and good, but what happens when we stop saying no to man and start saying it to God? He knows our limitations, and when He is in our hearts, our limitations, and since He has no limitations, shouldn’t that mean that we don’t either?
So, what happens when we tell God no? Maybe in a single instance, it isn’t major. Perhaps the spirit prompts you to reach out to a stranger, and you struggle with social anxiety. It is the absolute kiss of death, and you high-tail it out of there. He asks; we fail to follow through. I’m sure we can believe grace can cover that, and we’ll move on. We’ll forget. Never mind that that person needed to hear from God. Maybe someone else said yes to the same prompting. Never mind that maybe you needed to see that God could use you despite your shortcomings. Either way, you missed your chance, but you know God will give you another opportunity.
But what if it isn’t the first time?
What if it’s the millionth time, and you’re slowly starting to feel like maybe you can’t say yes anymore. What now? You start saying yes to the wrong things because you’re slightly afraid of what God will say if you find the courage to meet His gaze again. You’re afraid He will tell you that you’re wrong or that He is tired of waiting on you to say yes, and so that fear mounts on top of all of the wrong yes’s and no’s. So you stop looking to Him altogether. You operate blindly on what your heart wants and hope that God will just go along with it because you’ve worn him out enough with all of the no no no’s. Maybe he will let you gamble it out, and you can hope for the best – even if it isn’t His Will.
Well, I am going to be very straightforward in saying that His Will is ALWAYS the best. Whether you want to go through the 6 months of running that I did until it all falls apart and you end up sitting in your living room, dissolved into a puddle of tears, anxiety, broken-hearted and miserable or maybe you just decide to say yes to the calling He has set before you. Personally, I suggest the latter.
Don’t be afraid to say yes, because anything that tells you God isn’t ready to offer you another opportunity to follow His will is an absolute lie from the devil. You cannot disqualify yourself from God’s love. No matter how many times you tell Him no, He will ask another question. He won’t give up on you. You aren’t forgotten. You aren’t left behind. He is right there, always waiting on you to say yes. His love is never withheld from your reach. No matter how far away you feel from His presence, He is always right beside you.
So I beseech you, do not make the mistake of saying no. Saying yes to God is always the better decision because His plan will always lead you where you want to go. But it all starts with a decision. Whether it is the beginning of your journey or years down the road, it is always a good idea to say yes. He will be sure to show you that. I can attest.
You are loved, and God has the best in store for you. The difference between a life of joy and a life of strife is as simple as one word.