Desire and Power, A Post by Sarah Grijalva

A Note from Jeff: I'm excited to introduce Sarah Grijalva. Sarah co-leads one of our groups at The Table. She has a B.A. and an M.A. in Education from Cal St. East Bay. She currently works at Fremont Christian School, teaching English to international students. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I’ve noticed that when I’m tired, my desire to do things dramatically changes:

  • On Friday, I didn’t feel like reading my Bible.
  • On Saturday, I didn’t feel like waking up.
  • On Sunday, I didn’t feel like going to church.
  • On Monday, I didn’t feel like writing lesson plans.
  • On Tuesday, I didn’t feel like doing the dishes.

These were my three main excuses:

  1. I have no desire to do these things.
  2. I am so tired and I have no power to do these things.
  3. What do I get out of it? Who’s going to notice these things

But then I read a verse that poked me like three-pronged pitchfork.

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

Philippians 2:13 (NLT).

Here’s the answer to my excuses

  1. God gives me the desire to do good.
  2. God gives me the power to do good.
  3. I should do good to please God. Not to please myself or to win the applause of others.

It’s amazing. When I choose to obey and take the first step, God does give me a new desire and power and to do the task. I just need to put on my rubber gloves or crack open my Bible or throw back the bed covers.

I hope this encourages you to keep doing good even when you don’t feel like it. Just take the first step and watch God work in you!