Fast Devotional #21 – Not My Will
By Greg Attwells – Creative Pastor
If you want to see His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven, you need to abdicate the control of your life to the One who made you. If you want to discover who you really are, you need to lay down the person you think you are.
God cannot trust you with things you aren’t willing to lay down.
He wants to bless you. He wants to promote you. He wants you to be fruitful. But like any good parent, He won’t give you what you desire if He knows it will destroy you. He won’t release fruitfulness in and through your life if He knows you’ll buckle under its weightiness. Make no mistake, fruitfulness has a heaviness to it. It takes a certain kind of person to carry a fruitful and successful life without falling and without stumbling.
God does not want you to be a casualty. He is taking the time now to build into you His character and His divine order so that when He starts to pour out more and more fruitfulness in and through your life, who you are will be strong enough to stand up under the weight of that. To carry it as far as God wants you to carry it.
He is the vine and you are the branches. The more fruit a branch produces the stronger it needs to be to hold the fruit up off the ground. If the branch isn’t strong enough then it will snap under the weightiness of the fruit and the fruit will be destroyed. Whatever you are internally strong enough to handle, to that degree God will cause fruit to grow from your life and ministry.
Oswald Chambers writes…
‘Over and over again God has to remove our dreams, our plans and our visions to put Himself in their place…’
This is where walking with Jesus becomes hard… really hard. But Jesus says in this text, ‘when you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.’
I’ve heard Andy Stanley say that ‘giving up something now for something better later on is not a sacrifice, it’s an investment’.
Invest into a fruitful future with these 7 words…
Not my will but Yours be done.
Father may my priorities be You first, You second, and You third. In every decision that lies before me right now, big or small, I pray not my will but Yours be done. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.