All I want to do is lay around all day.
On my off days from work, all I want to do is sleep, watch youtube videos, and catch up on my TV shows. What I should be doing is taking care of my responsibilities, chores, and start writing that book I’ve been procrastinating.
Time and time again, God keeps reminding me to handle my business, but I still continue to allow laziness to win.
Yet, there are some days I do take care of my responsibilities when He tells me to even though I don’t want to.
Sometimes I start feeling guilty for not feeling joyful when it comes to obeying God.
But I realized one thing: Even though I’m reluctant, I’m still getting the job done.
Reluctant obedience is still obedience.
In Matthew 21:29-31, there was a father who told his two sons to go work in the vineyard. The first son complained and the second son said he would get the job done. Who do you think got the job done? The first son who complained.
There was also Jonah. God told him to do one thing but he went in the opposite direction. Eventually, he humbled himself and agreed to do what God told him to do.
There are many examples in the bible of reluctant obedience.
I think it takes a strong person to obey God when they are reluctant to. You have to humble yourself and put down your selfish desires. To obey God based on how we are feeling at that moment seems dangerous.
For example, what if I don’t feel like going to work so I decide not to show up. What would happen? I would get fired! That’s the consequence I would face. Now if I will sacrifice how I feel about work and go anyway, can’t I do the same for the Lord when he asks me to do something? Can’t you do the same thing when he asks you to do something? In the end, he’s only trying to strengthen you and protect your soul.
Let’s start listening to God and take action when he tells us to; especially when we don’t feel like it!
Prayer: Lord, continue to forgive me, love me, protect me, and never give up on me. I allow my body to be your tool to use for the world wherever I go. Strengthen my obedience in You and continue to push me. In Jesus name, Amen. 💜