This word has been jumping off of pages for me, the first half of 2021. I have learned over the years that when things keep showing up like that, I need to pay attention. Willing is my word for 2021. God first revealed the word to me at the end of 2020, but I missed it. In Luke 5, Jesus calls His first disciples. The word willing was not in the story, but it was the heart of Simon Peter. His actions demonstrated willingness. One of the definitions of willing in the dictionary is prompt to act or respond. In verse 11, it says, "So they pulled their boats up on the shore, left everything and followed him." Simon was WILLING to leave everything to follow Jesus. He left a job he had been during for years. He also left what appears to be one of the biggest fish he had ever caught. I honestly don't think Simon knew what following Jesus would entail, but he trusted Jesus enough and was WILLING to leave it all on the shore and follow him.
He had a willing heart.
There are other biblical examples where someone demonstrated a willing heart. They were given a command and, despite not having all the answers or doubting their ability to perform the task, or having uncertainty on how to accomplish the task, they did what was asked of them.
What is God asking you to do that you haven't done yet? I have found this question to be an excellent starting point for reflection. This question causes me to take a step back and do a self-assessment. It's a high likelihood that if you aren't doing what God has already commanded you to do, you won't be willing to do the things He will require of you to obtain what you are praying for or necessary to go to your next level.
Do you have a willing heart?
God may not ask you to leave a large catch of fish on the seashore; however, He will ask something of you.
Again I ask, are you willing? Do you have a willing heart?
In my journey, I have discovered that my desires don't always match my willingness. For example, I have desired to get in shape and tone up. Yet, my willingness to eat better and work out regularly is not there. This mismatch of desire and willingness consistently resulted in me not reaching my desired goal. On the other side, I have also given a proverbial yes to doing what's required to achieve something, but I wasn't willing when it was time to do what was required.
For example, I desired increased self-awareness and personal growth. I said I was ready to do the work on myself and dig deep. As I started on the journey and the time came to dig in, do the work, and go deeper, I wasn't willing. Eventually, when I was ready, I was able to begin to attain what I was desiring.
Take a minute to think about a prayer that you have. Something that you want God to do in 2021. Is this something you truly desire? Then I encourage you to take some time and ask yourself if you are willing to do the following (and any other additional things God may ask of you) to obtain the answer to your prayerfully. If you feel resistance, hesitation, or maybe you know you aren't willing, don't judge yourself or the feeling; explore it. Dig deeper to find out why you feel how you do and address that.
Are you willing to end the pursuit of religion and seek an intimate relationship with God?
Are you willing to end the pursuit of perfection?
Are you willing to leave it all behind?
Are you willing to leave/end the relationship?
Are you willing to be committed?
Are you willing to make sacrifices?
Are you willing to surrender your will?
Are you willing to leave your comfort zone?
Are you willing to leave the crowd and possibly stand alone?
Are you willing to obey even when you don't understand?
The truth is that our willingness to forgo, surrender or leave something isn't about a specific prayer or even walking in our purpose. It's about how we choose to run our race. Hebrews 12: 1 says, Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
And while it's possible that what God is asking us to leave or give up is not a sin, anything that takes the place of God's position in our life is a god, and that is a sin. If God tells us to do something and we don't do it, we are being disobedient, and that is a sin.
Your willingness to do (insert God's command to you) is you dropping the weight (hindrance) so that you can run your race.
Are you willing?
Are you ready to run your race differently?
What will action will you take today to move forward differently?
Until Next Time~
J.Branch is a wife, mother and child of God. She is passionate about helping others live the life they desire, have fruitful relationships and know who they were created to be and to live a life of purpose.
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