Not Me, But Thee


It is a sign of maturity to deny yourself and do God's will.

Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV®)

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.


Sometimes cooperating with God will take you to a place that’s unexpected and perhaps even unpleasant. Some moments of your God-journey may be difficult. But how will you respond to that? If you’ve been around a newborn, you know that they communicate their unhappiness at maximum volume. They don’t care if you’re asleep or watching the game. Thankfully, they can’t text or email yet, but they will make sure you know they are displeased. And that’s to be expected because they are young. But if you get to 40 and you’re still disagreeable until you are satisfied, that’s immature. Sometimes we want to say to God, “I don’t want to do that. I want my way. If You want me to follow You, You need to make me happy.” The next time we’re about to make one of those pronouncements to God, we should stop and reconsider what it means to “live in him.” Let’s behave like the called people we are and wait on Him. Let’s commit our energy and strength and resources to be a part of His purposes. Let’s joyfully anticipate God’s plans being eventually accomplished.



Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times when I have wanted my way more than I have wanted Your way. I truly desire to live in You, be rooted in You, and be built up in You. I pray that I will be strengthened in my faith and filled with joy, no matter where my journey leads. I choose to be thankful for the places You bring maturity to me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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