Did you say “Yes” to God in 2022, former procrastinators? Have you carried through? My prayer is that you did say “yes” and are deeply glad. I’m reviewing to see where I still need to make good.
Dropping procrastination and becoming diligent is a change process. It’s part of our sanctification. A need to change is a challenge to grow. Victory is change. Hallelujah! We are learning this!
My relationship with the Lord has been established through Christ. It does not change. However, my fellowship with Him is affected by my obedience. Saying “Yes” to God brings me closer to Him as I experience His power and faithfulness in new ways. These stand out to me:
Structure my day under His guidance. Use SMART goals (Fine Tuning with SMART Goals Feb 13, 2022) and break the year into quarters. An accountability partner helps me follow through on my “yes” to God.
Death of a loved one positions me to say “yes” to grief as I say “yes” to God. I say “No” to some harmful responses that come naturally at such a time (resentment, despair, etc.). If the Lord, my ever-present Counsel, takes a trusted godly friend to heaven, He will still provide counsel through His Holy Spirit and perhaps use other believers. Let missing my friend spur me to follow her example!
Being faithful in my portion of the race enables others and those after me to run well. Discipleship is seeking help for myself and seeking to help others in the process of Christian maturity. (Piper) God has assigned me this purpose. (Matthew 28:18-20) New Christians need someone to come alongside them to help establish them in the faith. My need to be mentored or to mentor does not go away. Our investment in others contributes to their progress and joy in the faith. (Phil. 1:25)
I should respectfully strengthen and maintain my body and mind for God’s use. This includes seeing a doctor without delay and prioritizing in-person interaction over electronic devices.
Scripture instructs me to be a faithful steward financially. Know how to pay bills, use a filing system, know credit card policies especially regarding use after a spouse dies. Write a will to show thoughtfulness toward my grieving family. (In a will, name guardians for your children so you – and not the state – decides who will raise them if you die.)
I want to welcome others into my life and welcome them to Jesus. Hospitality is so important to the Lord He makes it a criteria for leadership – therefore, an example He wants me to follow. Review The Engagement Project. Remember I can trust God’s power more than I trust my limitations. (Butterfield) To effectively share, listen well. What questions come to mind? Ask them. Also ask, “How can I pray for you?”
See the seasons of life as windows of opportunity with challenges and delights. Be grateful. The Lord wants to produce fruit through me, not a list of accomplished tasks.
Saying “Yes” to Him results in fruit.
What stands out to you most?