Some of the things that holds us back is fear of making mistakes and fear of wasting time of our lives. We want to be effective especially in the new life Jesus Christ has called us into. In the end we want to hear our master Jesus Christ say, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”–Matthew 25:21. Francis Chan says he made more mistakes by doing nothing compared to doing something. Though God did not allow David to build him the temple God was pleased with his heart’s intention. David was not perfect he had done so many mistakes. In fact the Bible is filled with imperfect people whom God used mightily. Many of us waste time on waiting to hear from God to do something. Chan’s question: was it God who said i should go on Facebook or watch TV ? yet i still so such things without hearing from God. The point is that we can decide to do something, unless God said you cannot do that.
This sermon/video holds some keys for one to live a practical life of faith. “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” —2 Peter 1:5-15. May God help me live a life of faith.
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfect…” —Philippians 3:12
It is a trap to presume that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do— God’s purpose is to make us one with Himself. The emphasis of holiness movements tends to be that God is producing specimens of holiness to put in His museum. If you accept this concept of personal holiness, your life’s determined purpose will not be for God, but for what you call the evidence of God in your life. How can we say, “It could never be God’s will for me to be sick”? If it was God’s will to bruise His own Son (Isaiah 53:10), why shouldn’t He bruise you? What shines forth and reveals God in your life is not your relative consistency to an idea of what a saint should be, but your genuine, living relationship with Jesus Christ, and your unrestrained devotion to Him whether you are well or sick.
Christian perfection is not, and never can be, human perfection. Christian perfection is the perfection of a relationship with God that shows itself to be true even amid the seemingly unimportant aspects of human life. When you obey the call of Jesus Christ, the first thing that hits you is the pointlessness of the things you have to do. The next thought that strikes you is that other people seem to be living perfectly consistent lives. Such lives may leave you with the idea that God is unnecessary— that through your own human effort and devotion you can attain God’s standard for your life. In a fallen world this can never be done. I am called to live in such a perfect relationship with God that my life produces a yearning for God in the lives of others, not admiration for myself. Thoughts about myself hinder my usefulness to God. God’s purpose is not to perfect me to make me a trophy in His showcase; He is getting me to the place where He can use me. Let Him do what He wants.
–My Utmost for His Highest, Daily Devotional , Oswald Chambers