surprised by YES…

It’s the 5th week of Blogging Thru the Book. We’ve been working through The Gospel of Yes by Mike Glenn. Quite honestly, I feel as if I have failed miserably at outline the chapters or facilitating discussion of the book. Instead, I find myself stuck on one verse, one phrase that I have to chew on for a time.  Please click here to read the posts of others who are far better at this discussion than I am.

For no matter how many promises
God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.
~the apostle, Paul 
(2 Cor 1:20)

There is no rite of passage that qualifies you
to follow God. It’s just the opposite.
God gives you his “yes”
before you have shown any promise
or early qualifications for the task. 
pg 116

I’m stuck right here, again.  And, today, I’m surprised by YES!

Why do I do it? Why do I think that I have to do something… be someone… act someway in order to be used of God?   It is as if I am waiting for God to choose to use me.

For he chose us in him
before the creation of the world
to be holy and blameless in his sight.
In love, he predestined us for 
adoption to sonship,
through Jesus Christ, 
in accordance with his pleasure…
~Paul (Eph 1:4-5)

Each of us has an identity and destiny
unique to us. Being created in the image
of God means that each of us bears that divine
resemblance in a unique way. The glory of the Creator
is revealed in the wonder and divine diversity
of his creation. His attributes are infinite,
so he never has to repeat himself.
Your “yes” is unique to you and is not
repeated in the life of anyone else.
~ pg 125

This is where I am surprised by YES….

~ I don’t have to work hard trying to prove myself.
My proof is in Him. He already did it on the Cross. There is nothing I can do to prove my worth to Him. Instead, He is my worth.

~ I don’t have to wait.
In fact, there is no wait. There’s no waiting for God to chose to use me, He already chose me!

~ I don’t have to try make my “yes” like someone else’s.
I’ve been given my very own unique gifts and talents that no one else has.

In light of that, only one question remains,
will I let His YES be mine or will I continue to fight… flail… flounder…trying to do this my way, in my time, on my own?

What about you? How has He made you uniquely in His image with your own gifts and abilities? What is your YES? How are you pursuing that?  I’d love to know!


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6 thoughts on “surprised by YES…

  1. I am jumping up and down in my heart with this post. Especially here…will I let His YES be mine or will I continue to fight… My Lord.

    You are doing an awesome job on this journey. Keep asking…seeking…knocking…behind the door is our loving Father. He’s waiting to answer with YES! Love you.

    – Dana

    1. Love you too my friend… and greatest cheerleader! 😉

  2. It is amazing how we say “yes” this is who I am, then begin to bump into God and get surprised when He says, “Yes” THIS is who you are, and it is a different view of ourselves than we had when we started. Thank you for writing about being “stuck”. I am glad I am not the only one! Wonderful post!

    1. we’ll just be stuck together, friend!

  3. It took me a long time, but when I finally began to shed all the other ideas about who I am and began to be who God created me to be, then I experienced the “yes” for me in Christ. Dreams are great, but dreams granted by God to be the encouragement to develop as he always intended are transforming. I hope a lot of people read this book and discover the “yes” for themselves.

    1. Yes! Dreams developed as God intended are transforming! Thanks for wise words today!

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