Are you asking?

“…how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”  Luke 11:13.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Zechariah 1-3, and Luke 11.

I have had running through my head a lot lately the need to move from being a passive believer to being an active believer.

I chose today’s verse out of the reading because it stressed action.

God has everything I need.  He is everything I need.  My completely doing what He wants makes complete sense.

Why is my life less than what it should be?  Simple: I am not availing myself of what God has to offer me.  I am too often content to live on the outskirts of an active relationship with Him.  I am satisfied with less.  I am content with an underwhelming spiritual life.

All of this so sad.  I think that my passivity in my relationship to Him is the primary problem.  I keep calling on Him to do things: “Give me this.  Help me with this.  Tell me what to do.”  Where is my part?  “Missing!”

Today’s chosen verse begs for action on my part.  The Father wants to give me something.  All I do is ask for it.  I need to take action.  Obviously, if I don’t ask I don’t get.

Think of the verse that says that if I wait on the Lord I will renew my strength.  I picture myself sitting in a waiting room.  I can sit there and stare at the pictures.  I could take a nap. OR I can work on my strength with God.  Might mean praying.  Might mean reviewing the verses I carry in my pocket.

The point is that I must do less of “God, what do You want me to do,” and more of acting based on what I already know about Him.

“Lord, forgive my passivity.  I know, most of the time, what You want me doing.  I still ask that You step in where I have it wrong.  I’m set to trust what You’ve taught me and take action.  My excuses for hesitation must end.  I ask for Your Holy Spirit to overflow me now.  Thank You, Father.”

Stop waiting to be told what God wants you to do.  Put legs to what you have been reading and studying.


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