God has been challenging me lately on what I spend my time doing during my free time. Lately, I have been the “yes man” when it comes to people asking me to help them. I say yes before I consult with God, because I have the skill or talent to complete the task(s) that is asked of me. At times, without realizing it, I say yes to things outside of God’s will, even when I am working in the gifts that He has given me.
God does not want us to be too busy for Him. He does not want us to fill our time with things and people that are not purposeful. God wants us to have time to worship and pray outside the church walls. Free time does not mean to fill it with unnecessary obligations and things.
When we fill the void with obligations and things that don’t fit into our lives, we tend to cause stress and exhaustion. We become overwhelmed and pressured to complete the task at hand. We do not want to break our promises to others, because we decided to say yes rather than nicely decline the offer. As long as we continue to say yes before asking God first, we will be doing things in our own power.
I know, personally, I have to stop being the “yes man” and consult God before making a decision. My life would be less stressful and more peaceful with God working beside me rather than doing it in my own strength. I have to remember even though I have the skill or talent to do what is asked of me, I need to always have God close to me to make the right decisions at the right time.
Yes, God wants you to use your hands and feet for His kingdom, but you cannot put that much pressure on yourself to please everyone’s needs, even if it is a God-given talent. There is a time and a place for everything (Ecclesiastes 3), and we all have different seasons in our lives. Sometimes God asks you to rest and be in His presence for awhile. Maybe God has asked you to accomplish something through His strength.
We all have to be sensitive to God. We must hear the Father say “go” before jumping prematurely. We must be obedient to His Word and always believe that God knows best!