If you’re someone who’s serious about your faith in Jesus, I bet, at some point you’re prayed something like this… “God, I’ll do anything you want me to do. I’ll go anywhere you want me to go. God, just use me.” So, have you? C’mon, and think back… maybe one night at a camp as a student in high school or in response to a really trying situation that you just needed God to bail you out of.
The funny thing is, most of us then counteract that prayer with… “Just don’t send me to…” or “I’m not gifted to do that so there’s no way.” It’s interesting. We think that God’s only response to that prayer will be to make you move your family to some developing country to be a missionary. Maybe, but probably not. For real, probably not.
In fact, I think God answers that prayer the exact same way every time. You see, if you pray, “God, I’ll do anything…” God will only ask you to do one thing and it’s this… walk through your greatest fear.
The path to God’s vision for any of our lives will require us to get eye to eye with the one thing that we fear most so that in that moment we can decide who we trust. You see, God probably isn’t trying to get you to board a plane to some remote island off the coast of Africa, but more than likely He’s trying to get you to trust Him in spite of your fear.
There was this goofy song we had to learn in one of my elementary years at this private school I went to. I won’t sing it out loud, because I’m typing, but I’ll give ya the lyrics. The chorus went like this, “I’d rather go to Africa, than Lakewood High, and give my testimony, just like a fool. You can up and send me anywhere, but Lakewood High. Oh, because being a believer isn’t cool [no way]. Being a believer isn’t cool.”
If we’re honest, that’s how most of us are. We’d rather go to Africa than love our neighbor… cause they’re a jerk and they don’t understand what a property line is. We’d rather go to Africa than invest financially in our local church… cause I need my money more than the church does and to really tithe I’d have to change my “standard of living". We’d rather go to Africa than invite a friend to church… because I don’t want them to think anything weird of me.
These are just examples, but for many of us they’re super real. Because we’re so afraid of being hurt by another person we won’t extend love and grace to them. Because we’re so scared of not having enough because we grew up poor than we’re gonna hang on to whatever we got. Because we’re so worried about what others think of us that we won’t invite them to a place where they could experience the love and grace of Jesus, just like we have.
We trust the potential outcome of what we fear more than we trust God.
So, in conclusion… don’t pray that. Don’t pray, “God, I’ll do anything you want me to do…” Cause there’s something He probably wants you to do, and you probably already know what it is. In fact, it’s probably something you can start today. So don’t pray that… Just go do it.