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Today’s Opportunity to Grow Toward Christ-Willingness

October 12th, 2011

JOHN SHIRK – To be willing to do something is to cheerfully consent or be ready.  In our relationship with God, willingness gladly gives God permission to do with our lives whatever He chooses for us in His timing.

Here are three excellent examples of willingness from the Bible.

Isaiah said to the LORD, “Here am I, send me.”

In Second Corinthians 8, the Apostle Paul commended the church for their generosity not only to give, but also for their desire to do so.

And the Israelites expressed willingness to respond to Joshua’s leadership following Moses’ death.  They said in Joshua 1:16, “Whatever you have commanded us, we will do, and wherever you send us, we will go.”

Some time ago, Kelly Willard recorded a song called “Willing Heart”, which offered this insight on how to develop a willingness to follow God’s plan for our lives.  “If you don’t have a willing heart, ask Him to give you one. If you can’t make a start, trust in His power.”  Without trust, it is difficult to have a willingness to follow a leader.  Jesus has proven His faithful love and power for us at the cross and empty grave.

Willingness is a character quality that enables us to represent Jesus in the world today.

John Shirk


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