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Let's admit it. It's easy to say “yes” to things that we enjoy doing. And it's especially easy to say “yes” to things that we know we are good at.

Recently, though, I was asked to do something that I didn't want to do. At all. My mom asked me if I would teach the Bible lesson study at my home church where we were planning to visit for the holidays. Ugh! Not that, I thought. Why couldn't I tell a children's story or be a greeter? I knew that many of my family members would be there, many of them who I feel are much more capable than I am to teach a Bible lesson. So, I declined, explaining that I would just be too nervous. Mom understood.

When I woke up the next morning, I was strongly impressed with guilt. It was as though the Lord was saying, “Didn't you just tell me how grateful you are for all of my blessings? Didn't you say that you were anxious to work with me?” I couldn't argue with that. It was the truth. It had seemed that the Lord had been blessing with answers that I had been praying about for some time. And it was also true that I had told him that I was His to use. And another thing, the Lord continued, “Hasn't your mom done a few things for you!” True, true, true. I promised the Lord that I'd call Mom back. “But you'll have to make it obvious to me that you really want me to do it,” I added at the end of my prayer.

Clear to Me

Well, before I had a chance to call my mom, I found in my inbox, an email from the teacher himself asking me to teach the class. I had to smile as God had truly made it very clear to me.

 “Sure, I'll be happy to do it for you.”

Did I feel that I had suddenly become a great teacher? No. But I had received a blessing for saying yes, even though I felt unqualified. There can be a bigger blessing in this than in agreeing to do things that we already love to do. After all, we depend on God's presence more when we feel inadequate.

This reminds me of a quote that says, “God doesn't call the qualified. God qualifies the called.” So true! If you don't believe it, just say “yes” the next time you are called to do something for God that is outside your comfort zone. The outcome belongs to the Holy Spirit, but our involvement can make all the difference in our own spiritual journey.

“Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:10).

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