She rolled over with her eyes still bleary. Half awake with her mind still foggy from falling asleep so early on the couch, she heard a noise that pricked her consciousness into high gear. It was that blasted phone “Who is texting me?” she thought while finally grabbing her phone that wouldn’t stop beeping.
“Not him! Don’t respond to him. Texting back will just get you in trouble. It always does.” Despite her little pep talk, she found her fingers subconsciously respond to his question, “I’m not doing anything. What are you doing?”
A few texts later she found herself fully dressed, keys in hand, and ready to go his place. “You don’t want this.” A little voice in her head told her. With a start of the car and the radio on full blast she drowned out that little voice. Never to hear from it again……until the next morning when she woke up beside the man she knew she didn’t love.
This will be the last time she told herself. At least that’s what she hopes.
Scenarios like this happen all the time. Maybe you haven’t dealt with this exactly, but you know the feeling. It’s the gap between our desired outcomes and the reality. It feels insurmountable when the distance from our “want to” and “will do” are so far apart:
You want to lose weight, but will you change your diet?
You want to exercise, but will you commit to the gym?
You want to be better at finances, but are you willing to stick to a budget?
This particular girl in the story wanted to say no, but was she willing to not go?
Not only does “want to” bump up against “will do” in these areas, but it also happens in our spiritual lives. We all have spiritual goals, read the Bible more, pray more, share our faith, etc, but rarely, in my experience, do our desired goals match up with reality.
How do I change this? Is it even possible to go from “want to” to “will do” in every area of my life?
Step 1: Check your wants:
Jesus tells his followers, “If you love me, you will obey my commands.” (John 14:15) This verse is a “want” check. Do I truly love Jesus to my core? Is my love for him changing my wants to be his wants?
The more you fall in love with Jesus, the more you will want to obey his commands. Before you can change any of your “will do” decisions, you must evaluate if you want the same things your Heavenly Father wants. Start doing this by doing these spiritual habits, or click subscribe below and let me walk you through living the blessed life.
Step 2 Submit your will:
Jesus stated in the garden before his eventual death, “Not my will, but your will be done.” This short but profound prayer gives us insight into accomplishing the change we desire. First our wants must fall in line with God’s wants. Then our will must submit to his will.
This battle between submission to his will and accomplishing our own will is a constant spiritual tug of war. At every turn we must remind ourselves, “Today I submit my will to you. In every decision and in every moment, you will be done.”
Maybe this is why Jesus started the Lord’s Prayer with: “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Step 3: Seek the Lord:
“Seek first the kingdom of heaven and all these things will be added unto you.” (Luke 12:31)
Your “want to” becomes “will do” when our focus is completely drawn to our Savior. If we only have eyes for His will and His plan, then nothing else will distract us. Are you seeking His kingdom above all else?
Any area that is spiritually off is because you are more focused on your own kingdom than building up His kingdom in your life and the world around you.
What is any area of your life you want to change today?
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