Imagine the frustration if you had a great desire to play professional basketball like Jeremy Lin, but did not have any ability. On the other hand, suppose you had his ability, but never really wanted to put forth the effort. What a waste that would be! You would miss out on being really great at something; and the world would be worse off because you did not show up!
Greatness requires both ability AND willingness.
Paul in Phillipians 2:13 reminds us that…
it is God who produces in you not only the willingness but also the ability to do the things that please Him.
Jesus reminds us: “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature.”
God wants our joy in life to be full. He says He came that we would have life to the fullest. I experience joy when I am living out my purpose, when I am living out who I am created to be.
Remember, God produces both in us-the desire and the ability to do the things that please Him so we can live life to the fullest!
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