“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
– Colossians 3:17
How many times have our thoughts been to think or say – “I have to do”… or “I have to go…” Maybe it’s in the morning when you are about to read your bible, do devotionals, or when you pray. How about when getting ready for school, practice, chores or church?
Let’s look at the family of words that are associated with “I have to”…pride, selfishness, flesh, slothfulness, and grudging. So when we look at it in this way, it kind of puts things in a different perspective, especially when we study them in God’s word. Pride leads to (destruction, and punishment), selfishness leads to (God’s anger, and wrath), flesh leads to (death), slothfulness leads to (nothing), and grudging leads to (cursed). Though harsh, in the end this type of thinking doesn’t allow us to receive God’s benefits, and can lead us down a path of death and destruction, even when we think we are saved.
It’s all about choice, and God gives everyone a choice to choose. Think about it – you don’t have to pray, read your Bible or go to Frontline or Pillars – nah…The Bible says nothing about having to do those things, but what it does say is in doing those things you will receive God’s benefits, and all that He has for you. So what if we instead change our thinking or attitude from “I have to” to “I get to?”
Now lets look at the family of words that are associated with “I get to”…humility, willingness, honor, compassion, gladness, thankfulness, and cheerful. Now in changing our way of thinking, we can begin to receive God’s benefits through…humility which leads to (riches, honor and life), willingness leads to (joy), honor leads to (long life), compassion leads to (God’s grace), gladness or cheerfulness leads to (God’s love and faithfulness), and thankfulness leads to (victory).
Think about it, I get to do my chores because I’m honoring my parents and I will have long life…I get to be thankful for every circumstance good or bad, and I will have victory and success…I get to go to church, pray and praise God, and I will have joy, God’s love, and faithfulness…I get to surrender to God, and I will have riches, honor, and life…I get to tithe and bring offerings, and I will have God’s provisions and never lack. Wow, renew your mind to “I get to,” instead of “I have to,” and watch what God does for you!!!
Confession for today: “Today Jesus I am going to renew my mind with the attitude of “I get to” because in doing so I will receive your glorious benefits for my life and I know that with that comes long life, victory, success, joy and all my cares and worries taken care of because I lack nothing.”
Living for Today,