My personal motivation to you
Earlier this week I passed an old friend who was walking his bike up a hill. I thought he was probably going to work. I debated on giving him a lift, but he had a bike and I wouldn't be able to fit that in my car. As I kept on driving, I wondered the conversation we would have had since I have not talked to this friend after a few bad choices and wrong turns he has taken in the past five years of his life. I'd probably ask, "What happened? Where did your "relationship" you claimed to have with Jesus Christ go?"
I could think of many things that just didn't work out for this friend in his life; no doubt in my mind it was a hard life that was full of struggling and trials. The only answer I could think of him saying is, "Well I didn't ask for this life."
That's when it dawned on me! I felt like an idiot having a conversation with myself that was just running through my head. But he's right! He didn't ask for that life; none of us have. That's the problem! What have we been asking for as Christians? Have you been asking God for anything recently? I struggle with this a lot in my own life. I know what the verses say; I know He's always there for me. Why do I still fail to look to Him?
Matthew 21:22(KJV)- And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Christians so often say that they keep struggling with this temptation or they are stuck in some rut of sin. Have you ever done this in your own personal life? This drives me to ask you a question: What are you doing about it?
There's been times in my life I would struggle and fall over and over again into the same dirty sin, and feel awful knowing I wanted to please God but just keep messing up. I would get to the point where I'd pray and ask God, "Why would you choose me as one of yours knowing I would be this rotten of a sinner?"
I forgot one thing; I forgot to ask God for His strength. You can look and see in the Bible over and over how much we need to look to God for His strength. It can be hard to understand why your life is this way or that way; it can be hard to understand why God would allow some trials to come into play. My motivation to you is to remember that God is good. You may not see it, feel it, think it, or even understand it; but God will never fail to be good. He is always good! And because He is good, He will help you if you would just ask.
When you think about big or small trials or struggles that become a part of you and effect you, REMEMBER! God is good! We are right in saying we did not ask for this life, but don't forget to ask for His strength through it.
I didn't ask for back pain. I didn't ask for sin addiction. I didn't ask for one of my close friends to die. But I cannot forget his goodness in my life! Don't let these hard things weigh you down. You want to know what else I didn't ask for? I didn't ask for Christian parents, a Christian education, to be born in a free land, money to buy a car, for good godly influencing friends, or even salvation! God, out of His goodness, gifted all of this to me. I have no room for complaining. Do you really think it's a good idea to blame God, or say He was wrong, or complain about something that He allowed when He gave us His perfect son?
If you're struggling as a Christian, that's a good thing. You're not home yet. Don't get comfortable in this world. You should feel foreign and unwelcome to this fallen earth. Maybe you didn't ask for the life God gave you, but as a Christian you should be thanking God for how much He has truly done for you. Open your eyes! See how good of a Father He truly is!
To top off how good God is, He promises to hear His children's prayers. As a son of God, I can thank God for the life He gave me, and ask that He gives me more! Don't let His mercy, grace, and goodness stop where it's at! We are right in saying we didn't ask for this, but we are wrong in saying that this is it! God's word says, "Ask and ye shall receive".
So to close in the answer of the question, why?, my answer to you would be because God is good. And because God is good, we should be asking for so much more! He has been so gracious to His children, and He will continue to show His goodness throughout life. We can't get caught up on the thought that we didn't ask for this; instead, we need to keep asking for Him to work even more. Run to Him, do His will, and keep asking for His grace and goodness to be poured out on your life.
Matthew 7:7-8(KJV)- Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Hi, I am Michael Jaymes. I am only 18, but I've decided to start to write. I feel a burden on my heart that I have much to say, so why not share it? I want to be heard and I want to touch the lives of others. What is a better way than through the internet? I have made my life motto, "I just want to be a blessing." It's time for me to live it out.