I Gave Up On Trying
Coffee Shop Scene.
Barista: Good Morning! What would you like today?
Customer: Hmm. I would really like to try something new.
B: You could try this Pour Over — it’s amazing.
C: I don’t know…
B: We have a Cold Brew this month, incredibly rich, flavorful, refreshing.
C: No…I don’t know. Maybe just me a cup of your regular coffee.
Humans sure do like to try a lot of things. Well, most humans, anyway :)
We try new drinks, foods, sports, experiences. But, we also try our hand at a few things closer to our heart: “I’m trying to be more patient, or brave,” we’ll say. But, I’m not so sure trying is the best way to receive everything in life. Specifically, I am convinced that we don’t need to try when it comes to elements of our identity.
The language of “I am trying to…” should always be subject to, “Is this something that the Holy Spirit has already made me or already promised to do within me?”
We are the Temple of the Holy Spirit here on earth — we’re the intersection, gateway, and dwelling place of Heaven on earth.
For example, we need not try to be kind or patient or righteous or forgiven or joyful: we are already the natural place where these will occur when we are yielding to the Spirit. You can read that again, but just remember that we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit here on earth — we’re the intersection, gateway, and dwelling place of Heaven on earth.
Now, everything we do is still to happen by and in the power of the Holy Spirit, but they are works that we must put into action, works that we get to play a part in making happen: these tend to be skill or strategy based things such as building professional relationships and networking, performing tasks within our jobs well, some of the ways in which we choose to serve our families, communities, and coworkers, etc..
What Is Already Ours In Christ Jesus
We can pray, and should pray, over all the above, but when there are promises of God and/or fruits of the Spirit — we don’t need to try and receive them. In fact, when we are trying to produce the fruit of our identity, we are actually hindering the process of receiving what is already ours in Christ Jesus.
Let Jesus be your source of bravery and you, too, will come to see you are brave.
And that’s the key, right? We are in Christ Jesus and we are co-heirs — this means that everything that is his, is ours. That’s a huge part of the gospel. But how often do we let this truth ring out? Let him be your source of bravery and you, too, will come to see you are brave. Let him be your source of joy and you, too, will come to see that you are joyful.
When was the last time you heard anyone speak this into your life? Well, let it ring out! This is part of our identity as redeemed saints in his Kingdom! We’re here to move mountains, lay them low, and actually do greater works yet.